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MARICOPA — A Maricopa man is facing charges after he allegedly fired a gun into the air outside of the residence of a man who was dating a family member.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Mark Verdugo, 40, is charged with unlawful discharge of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

Maricopa Police officers were called out to a report of shots fired around 9:05 p.m. on Jan. 8 in the 19000 block of North Dallas Smith Lane. Officers found seven spent casings on the ground outside the home.

A man living at the home said he heard shots fired and believed they may have been fired by the brother of a woman he was dating. The man said he had asked the woman to leave the residence that night and she allegedly told him that she would return with her brother, who allegedly had a gun.

Witnesses at another home on the street said they heard five to seven gunshots and reported seeing a large, white SUV at a nearby stop sign.

Another witness who lived in a different home said they saw a large, white SUV park on the street and saw a man, matching Verdugo’s description, get out of the vehicle and walk north up the street. They then heard several gunshots and saw the white SUV drive up to the stop sign.

Officers later stopped a white SUV matching the description of the vehicle at the shooting at 9:23 p.m. in the 3400 block of Honeycutt Avenue. Verdugo was allegedly sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle. He allegedly admitted to officers that he had a gun and said he had been shooting at a nearby park.

Police said Verdugo later admitted to going to the home on Dallas Smith Lane and shooting the gun in the air because he thought the man who lived there was giving drugs to his family member.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.