Police: Concord shooting victim involved in rollover crash en route to hospital


Monitor staff
Published: 9/28/2020 5:01:32 PM

A man accidentally shot in the chest inside a Concord apartment Saturday night suffered additional injuries in a serious rollover crash on the way to the hospital, police said.

The related incidents remain under investigation by the Concord Police Department, which dispatched officers to the intersection of Fisherville Road, North State Street and Sewalls Falls Road for a car crash Saturday shortly after 11 p.m.

A second motor vehicle accident occurred at the same scene early Sunday morning, when a city police cruiser providing traffic control was rear-ended. The driver in the Sunday crash now faces a drunken-driving charge.

Concord Deputy Police Chief John Thomas said Monday morning that the shooting victim is receiving treatment at Concord Hospital for a gunshot wound to the chest, as well as additional injuries he suffered in the crash. The man’s condition is “serious but stable,” he said.

Officers did not initially know that the shooting on Bog Road and the rollover crash less than a mile away in front of Aranco Oil Company were related.

“The serious car crash in the area of the North State Street and Sewalls Falls split is where we first got involved,” Thomas said. “The car was coming south on Fisherville Road when it strayed into oncoming traffic. The car ended up hitting two other vehicles, rolling across a couple of residential lawns and into the tress before it stopped.”

The black Chevrolet sustained major damage. The vehicle was carrying multiple passengers, although police are still trying to identify everyone involved, Thomas said.

“We believe there were maybe four or five people in the car,” he said. “Although not everyone was there, because we think they went to look for another vehicle to get the victim to the hospital.”

A Concord resident at a property nearby ultimately drove the shooting victim to the hospital from the crash site. En route, dispatch received a 911 call from the resident, who soon met up with officers in the area of North State and Rumford streets. Thomas said the good samaritan continued on to the hospital with officers’ support.

Back at the crash scene, police tried to piece together what had happened. As their work continued into the early hours of Sunday, they witnessed a second crash at about 1:50 a.m.

Jennifer Gross, 38, of Concord was driving through the area when her Toyota Corolla rear-ended a police cruiser, Thomas said. Gross was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense. She was taken into protective custody due to her intoxication and transported to the hospital.

Thomas said the department is withholding the names of those involved in the rollover crash at this time, citing the ongoing investigation into the shooting and subsequent events.

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