Police search for suspect after Amherst Street shooting

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MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police are investigating a shooting which occurred in the 100 block of Amherst Street on Thursday. The 30-year-old victim was located approximately 20 minutes after the initial 911 call came into HQ. He was treated for a single, non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper extremity and transported to a local hospital.

Multiple units responded to the area of 536 Beech Street approximately 7:55 a.m. for a possible gunshot call based upon a single caller reporting the shooting incident. The caller claimed a man had been shot and needed medical attention. Officers flooded the area, which is in close proximity to Central High School, but were unable to locate the victim. Central High School was placed on a temporary lockdown as officers searched for the victim and a possible crime scene.

Officer Raymond Lamy located the victim approximately 8:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Central Street. The investigation revealed it was not a random act of violence, nor did it occur on school grounds, so the brief school lockdown was lifted approximately 15 minutes after it was implemented.

Detectives searched for a suspect at an Amherst Street rooming house a short time later. Members of the Manchester Police SWAT team searched the rooming house while evacuating several tenants. The suspect was not at the residence, however detectives are communicating with him to gather additional information on the investigation.

The investigation remains active and more information will be forthcoming, police said.