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Police: Argument between RI neighbors leads to flare gun attack, jacket set ablaze

A Rhode Island man is accused of trying to settle an argument about noise by shooting his neighbor with a flare gun, setting his jacket on fire.

The Providence Journal reports ( ) that Mark Hitchner was arrested after he shot 59-year-old Joseph Motta in the neck with the gun.

The 49-year-old Hitchner told police he yelled at Motta about noise coming from his Providence apartment Monday evening. Police say Motta told Hitchner to "bring it on" and followed him into his apartment where Hitchner pulled out the flare gun.

Motta declined medical treatment.

Hitchner is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. A phone number could not be found for Hitchner and it was not known if he's represented by a lawyer.


Information from: The Providence Journal,

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