Police investigate gunshots fired on S. Porter Street, ‘not random’ act

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Police detective searched the parking lot of Memorial High School following reports of gunfire Sunday morning. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings, frameofmindphoto.com

MANCHESTER, NH — On September 15, 2019, around 7 a.m., Manchester police responded to 320 South Porter St. for a report of gunshots.  The resident of the address reported that her door and window were shot. No one was injured in the incident.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.  The initial investigation indicates this was “not a random act,” although police did not elaborate at the time of the initial press release.

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As a result, South Porter Street was cordoned off and crime tape was stretched isolating Memorial High School parking lot, the street and the area surrounding 320 So Porter Street. A police crime unit van was parked at the scene, and detectives could be seen processing a vehicle in the driveway. A detective was using a metal detector in the high school parking lot, which is located directly across from the house, searching for evidence.

The police crime van parked outside a residence where gunfire struck the door and window of the South Porter Street residence. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings, frameofmindphoto.com

Among those at the scene was a man who identified himself as a teacher at Memorial. He said he had two students in the school building taking a standardized test. He asked police if they would be able to leave, and the police sergeant overseeing the detail said they would allow them to leave the area and it was safe for them to pass under the crime scene tape.

As of 12 p.m. the scene remained active and the street closed to traffic. Several neighbors in the area spoke about hearing the gunshots.

No further information was available. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711 or provide an anonymous tip via ManchesterCrimeLine.org.


Jeffrey Hastings contributed to this report.