Investigation of at least one fatality is now in the hands of the Attorney General’s office.
MANCHESTER, NH – The Attorney General’s office is involved in an investigation at Drynk Night Club following a closing time brawl which has left one man dead due to a stabbing, and two others injured.
The investigation involves other areas surrounding the club, including the Verizon Wireless Arena, where Southern NH University is holding its graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. As of early Saturday morning an area around the Verizon entrance remained taped off as part of the investigation.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Agati released the following statement Saturday morning:
At approximately 1 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, Manchester Police officers responded to Club Drynk at 20 Old Granite Street in Manchester. The officers entered the club and discovered a 29 year old man bleeding from an apparent stab wound to his torso. Officers rendered aid, and the man was taken to the Elliott Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Witnesses indicated that the man had been assaulted by another patron inside the club during an altercation.
There were several patrons inside the club who may have seen the incident and/or recorded all or part of it on their cellular telephones. Investigators are requesting these patrons contact the police department so officers may view those videos or photos.
Anyone with recordings or photos, or who have any information about this incident, are asked to contact Detectives at the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711, or call the Manchester Police Crimeline at 603-624-4040.
The public is advised that Manchester police officers will be actively investigating this incident today, which will include being at several locations around the area of Old Granite Street and the intersection of Elm and Cedar Streets. These activities could disrupt traffic flow in those areas. Therefore, people who are attending Southern New Hampshire University graduations at the Verizon Arena today should keep this in mind and allow for additional travel time and make accommodations to park outside of the areas actively being searched.
According to photographer Jeffrey Hastings, who was on the scene just after police were dispatched, multiple police units responded just after 1 a.m. to Drynk, 20 Old Granite St., for an “out of control” large crowd with fights reported.
Video Credit/Jeffrey Hastings FOMPhoto
A third person was stabbed and fled the club and fell to the ground across the street at the Verizon Wireless Arena, according to eyewitnesses.
According to Hastings, paramedics and firefighters worked on two of the stabbing victims, one who had “lost copious amounts of blood,” according to police radio transmissions.
Two people with “life threatening injuries” were transported to the Elliot Hospital, and one was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital.
A third stabbing victim arrived to Catholic Medical Center, possibly an employee of Drynk.
Saturday morning Manchester Police Lt. Brian O’Keefe confirmed the investigation by the Attorney General’s office. Both Drynk and the Verizon were marked with police crime tape.
We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.
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