MANCHESTER, NH – Police responded to two unrelated shooting incidents on July 5, both of which appear to have been accidental.
At approximately 11 a.m. Manchester Police responded to 120 Myrtle St. in reference to a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a Jeffrey Newey, 20, of Manchester, who told police that he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. Newey was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The incident is still being investigated by detectives. The firearm used was recovered by police.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. Manchester Police responded to 99 Pearl St. in reference to a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Shane Blanchard, 27, who told police he had accidentally shot his friend, identified as Derek Bergeron, 30, of Manchester, in the hand, Blanchard was arrested and charged with reckless conduct. Blanchard was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail with an August 12 court date. The firearm used was recovered by police.