Police respond to unrelated reports of shots fired, dead body days apart in Penacook


Monitor staff
Monday, September 18, 2017

A gun was fired several times during an altercation involving at least four people in the village of Penacook late Saturday, police said Monday.

Concord police have yet to make any arrests but are actively investigating the incident in the village’s downtown.

“We’ve identified all involved parties and are investigating the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the incident,” said Concord police Lt. Sean Ford. “We have information and evidence we’re sorting through to determine what crimes may or may not have been committed.”

That process could take several days, Ford said.

Meanwhile, first responders were back in the village Monday morning for a report of an untimely death outside the United Church of Penacook at 21 Merrimack St., just several hundred feet away from Saturday’s shooting. The two incidents are unrelated, even though they occurred in close proximity to one another, Ford said.

The death is being investigated as a “possible drug overdose,” he said.

Police responded to the report of an outdoor shooting involving several people in the area of Canal and Crescent streets in Penacook on Saturday shortly after 7 p.m. Officers quickly learned that no one had been shot or injured, but that one person had possibly fled the scene, Ford said.

Through the collaborative work of multiple law enforcement agencies, police were able to identify that individual within an hour or so of arriving on scene. In making that identification, police felt there was no broader safety threat to the public at that time, Ford said.

Authorities from New Hampshire State Police, the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office, as well as officers from Boscawen, Canterbury, Concord and Webster responded to the call.

A significant police presence remained in the community until about noon on Sunday. Police executed multiple search warrants Saturday night through Sunday morning.

“Anytime there is believed to have been a firearm involved, police presence amps up considerably,” Ford said.

Police are continuing to ask for the public’s help as their investigation continues into the early part of this week.

“You might have seen something that seemed insignificant to you, but it might be significant to us,” Ford said. “Any information is helpful, so please call us.”

Concord police ask anyone with information about Saturday’s shooting in Penacook to call the regional crimeline at 226-3100.

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