HANOVER - Authorities in Hanover and Lebanon have filed criminal charges against a local man they believe was the shooter who randomly fired a handgun from a car and struck a teenaged pedestrian who was walking with his friends along School street in downtown Hanover late Friday evening.
Hanover Police Chief Charles Dennis said Saturday that it appears the 19-year-old male who was shot, and who remains in stable condition at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, was not specifically targeted and was simply the victim of a senseless, random act of violence.
Gage Young, 22, a resident of Lebanon's Oak Ridge Road, which intersects with Route 10 just south of the Hanover town line opposite the Sachem Fields recreational area, was arrested at gunpoint around 11:30 p.m. Friday - roughly 90 minutes after the shooting took place - when the 2010 black Ford Fusion that Young was a passenger in crashed at the end of a brief chase with a Lebanon police officer.
Young, who lives a few doors down from the scene of the crash on Oak Ridge Road, was initially taken into custody by Lebanon officers and was eventually charged with felony counts of reckless conduct and falsifying physical evidence.
Young has been ordered held without bail at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment on Monday
On Saturday afternoon, Young was transferred to the custody of the Hanover Police Department as part of their on-going investigation and there he was charged with an additional felony count of second degree assault for having allegedly fired the shot that struck the teen at about 9:45 p.m. Friday on the sidewalk in front of the Christian Science Reading Room in Hanover.
The driver of the black Ford Fusion, who has been identified by police as Hector Correa, 17, of Lebanon, was released after being given a summons to appear in Lebanon District Court on December 17th to answer a misdemeanor charge of disobeying a police officer.
Police in Hanover had already spent over an hour responding to reports of shots being heard at locations ranging from Tuck Mall to the Tom Dent cabin on the Dartmouth College campus Friday evening when dispatchers at the Lebanon Police Department began receiving multiple reports around 11:15 p.m. of several shots being fire near Fountain Way, which is a housing development alongside Route 10 roughly halfway between the village of West Lebanon and the Wilder Dam.
Responding police officers were checking around the area at about 11:25 p.m. when Lebanon Police Sgt. Rich Norris spotted the black Fusion in the Boston Lot Lake parking area right next to the Wilder Dam.
When Sgt. Norris drove up to investigate, the Fusion took off up Route 10 headed back toward Hanover and crashed a couple of minutes later on Oak Ridge Road.
Police said that in the moments after the crash, before both Young and Correa were taken into custody at gunpoint, Young attempted to discard a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic pistol by tossing it into the middle of the roadway where it was noticed and swiftly recovered by officers.
Gage Young, 22, of Oak Ridge Road in Lebanon is facing three felony charges in connection with Friday's shooting spree
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