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Man accused of shooting at girlfriend’s car on I-89 reaches plea deal

  • Elijah Gross —Courtesy



Monitor staff
Monday, May 28, 2018

A Concord man accused of firing a gun on Interstate 89 at a vehicle occupied by his girlfriend and a young child has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Elijah Gross, 40, faces two counts of reckless conduct and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a dangerous weapon in connection with an incident in November that ended after a 12-hour manhunt. The multi-agency search for Gross prompted schools in the Kearsarge Regional School District to close on Nov. 20 out of concern for students’ safety.

Court records show that Gross applied to the Merrimack County Drug Court, an alternative sentencing program for nonviolent felony-level offenders with a history of substance abuse. However, he was denied acceptance. No additional details about the plea deal were available.

Gross was scheduled to appear last week in Merrimack County Superior Court for a plea and sentencing hearing, but the hearing was postponed until June 27 at attorneys’ request.

The search for Gross began on the evening of Nov. 19 after police received a call from a woman who reported that her daughter, Rebecca Manning, had been shot at while driving on Interstate 89 North toward Sutton.

In a police interview, Manning said she had spent the previous evening with Gross at a Tilton hotel, where she alleged he had injected methamphetamine and threatened suicide with a .357 revolver.

She said the two left Tilton on Nov. 19 for a residence in Concord because she needed to pick up her daughter. Once in Concord, Manning told the girl’s baby sitter that she needed to get away from Gross and didn’t want him around.

While Gross was distracted looking at a washing machine in the basement, Manning fled the residence and headed north on I-89. But just 10 to 15 minutes into her drive, she said, she noticed a blue car pull up next to her and saw Gross, who was in the front passenger seat, trying to flag her down.

“She said she sped up to get away from his vehicle and a short time later heard a gunshot and knew that Elijah had shot at her,” Trooper Joshua Beauchemin wrote in a sworn affidavit.

State police said they attempted to stop the suspect vehicle on the Exit 10 off-ramp, but Gross quickly fled into the woods. He was taken into custody the morning of Nov. 20 after being seen by a passer-by in the area of Gile Pond and North roads, according to reports.

Gross has an extensive criminal record in the region. State court records show he is named as a defendant in more than 40 cases, including for violating protective orders requested by Manning.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319 or adandrea@cmonitor.com.)