Non-Dartmouth student hospitalized following a drive-by shooting in downtown Hanover
HANOVER - A male student who is not affiliated with Dartmouth College was shot Friday night in downtown Hanover as he was walking along a sidewalk right off the main business district with a small group of friends.
The victim was transported by ambulance to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where so far his condition has not been made available.
Police believe the victim was shot by someone in a passing car, initially described as a black or dark gray vehicle and possibly an older model, according to a region-wide police broadcast.
The shooting took place at 9:50 p.m. outside of 1 School Street which is where the Christian Science Reading Room is located. Police quickly swarmed the intersection of School and Allen Streets (Allen Street's best-known landmark is the former Everything But Anchovies pizza shop) and spent the better part of the next two hours searching the surrounding area and responding to reports that other gunshots had been heard in areas ranging from the Tuck Mall to West Lebanon.
Dartmouth College sent out a campus-wide lockdown alert to its students and faculty asking everyone to "shelter in place" as police from surrounding towns, county sheriffs, and New Hampshire state troopers raced into the downtown to back up Hanover's force.
The lockdown was eventually lifted at 12:46 a.m. following the arrest at gunpoint at around 11:30 p.m. of two young men on a side street near Sachem Field who had led police on a brief chase from the Boston Lot parking area next to the Wilder Dam up Route 10 and onto Oak Ridge Road.
Although police did not immediately connect the two incidents in their public statements, press releases from Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello indicate that at approximately 11:15 p.m. Friday the Lebanon Police Department "received multiple calls reporting gunshots in the area of North Main Street and Fountain Way" in West Lebanon.
The stretch of Route 10 in West Lebanon leading up from the village past the dam to the Hanover town line is called North Main Street and Fountain Way loops through a housing development that sits opposite the Allard's Furniture and Mattress warehouse.
Ten minutes later, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Lebanon Police Sgt. Rich Norris observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the lot of the Boston Lot Lake on Route 10 less than a quarter mile above Fountain Way.
When Sgt. Norris went to investigate, the vehicle fled north on Route 10 and attempted to evade the officer, police said.
The vehicle, a black 2010 Ford Fusion, crashed on Oak Ridge Road after the brief pursuit.
Police said that a 17-year-old male and a 22-year-old male were taken into custody at the scene and transported to the Lebanon Police Department for processing. Neither subject was injured in the crash.
Initial unconfirmed reports indicate that a handgun was recovered from the crashed vehicle.
The investigation is on-going and police are asking anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle or individuals on Friday evening to contact the Lebanon Police Department at (603) 448-1212.
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