Police in Manchester arrested four people wearing face paint and “Insane Clown Posse” band T-shirts after some neighborhood children and mall security officers reported they were causing a disturbance, including firing a handgun into the air that shot blanks.
About a dozen children and an adult reported the group was chasing the children around Thursday night in an effort to scare them, said Lt. Maureen Tessier. No one was hurt.
After chasing and yelling at the group, the four started to get into a car. One of them removed what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband and fired a shot into the air before the group drove away, police said.
Police later recovered a 9 mm pistol designed to fire blanks and determined that a blank round had been shot, Tessier said.
A short time after the neighborhood disturbance was reported at 6:40 p.m., security officers at the Mall of New Hampshire called police, describing a similar group causing a disturbance in the food court area.
“They were definitely drawing the attention of all the patrons at the mall,” Tessier said. The group was asked to leave, but objected, so security guards removed them, she said. The guards reported a license plate number.
Police found the four and charged them with two counts of riot, a misdemeanor. They were identified as Adam Leard and Chelsea Leard, both 20 and from Manchester; Zachary Lyle, 17, and William Chapdelainm-Comptois, 21, both of Nashua. The Leards also were charged with being minors in possession of alcohol.
Insane Clown Posse is a hardcore rap duo that wears face paint at performances.
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