Both victims in Alton shooting are dead, 11-year-old remains in custody

  • An Alton, N.H. police cruiser blocks the road on Dobbins Way where authorities are investigating a shooting at a nearby home Friday, March 16, 2019. Police said a suspect was in custody Friday morning (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Robert F. Bukaty

Monitor staff
Published: 3/16/2019 7:05:24 PM

Both people found shot in Alton on Friday have died, while an 11-year-old remains in custody charged with the crime, authorities said.   

The state medical examiner determined the cause of 50-year-old Lizette Eckert’s death was a single gunshot wound to the head, the state Attorney General’s Office said on Saturday, one day after the shooting.

The other victim, James Eckert, 48, was taken to the hospital  Friday in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. He died later that night, according to authorities.

An autopsy will be performed on James Eckert on Monday, according to the attorney general.

The shooting was reported about 7:30 a.m. Friday at a house on Dobbins Way. Area schools were forced into lockdown while officers looked for the child, the Laconia Daily Sun reported.

The search lasted two hours before the boy was found in the woods near the home, according to the Sun.

While James Eckert was still clinging to life, senior assistant Attorney General Geoff Ward said the child would face juvenile charges of reckless second-degree murder and attempted murder.

“What the 11-year-old has been charged with are offenses within the juvenile system, so that’s different than being charged with criminal acts,” Ward said in a press conference as reported by several media outlets.

“These are the equivalent of crimes in the juvenile system,” he said. “But certainly, I think it goes without saying that this was an incredibly tragic incident with a child involved, a juvenile perpetrator involved, and adult victims involved.”

The state has had “multiple incidents with juvenile perpetrators this year,” Ward said, “as well as incredibly tragic homicides, which in this situation … this is an incredibly tragic homicide situation.”

The relationship between the 11-year-old and the Eckerts has not been announced.

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