Two Arrested after Gunshots and Pursuit
On November 2, at approximately 11:15 p.m., the Lebanon Police Department received multiple reports of gunshots in the area of North Main Street and Fountain Way in Lebanon. Responding officers were checking the area of North Main Street for any involved parties when Sgt. Rich Norris observed a black Ford Fusion in the Boston Lot Lake parking lot. The vehicle was consistent with the description of a possible suspect vehicle in the shooting that had occurred in Hanover, NH, earlier in the evening, said the Lebanon Police Department in a statement. That incident was reported as having taken place at 9:45 p.m. on School Street.
As Norris attempted to investigate this vehicle further, the vehicle fled northerly on North Main Street and attempted to evade the officer, said Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello. The vehicle was subsequently involved in a single car motor vehicle accident on Oak Ridge Road, after which two subjects were taken into custody and a Taurus 9mm pistol was recovered in the middle of the roadway near the crashed vehicle, said Mello.
After a subsequent investigation, Gage Young, age 22, of Oak Ridge Road in Lebanon, was charged with Reckless Conduct and Falsifying Physical Evidence, both Class B Felony charges. It is alleged that Young fired the Taurus pistol in the area of North Main Street and Fountain Way prior to being involved in the pursuit and that Young attempted to discard the pistol after the vehicle had crashed.
Young was transferred to the custody of the Hanover Police Department to face charges involving the alleged shooting incident in their town. According to Hanover Police Chief Charles Dennis, Young was arrested for Second Degree Assault, a Class B Felony in connection with that town’s investigation.
The driver, age 17, of Lebanon, NH, was charged with Disobeying a Police Officer, Class A Misdemeanor, and was later released on a summons to appear in the 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon District Division, on December 17.
“We would like to thank the Lebanon, Canaan, Enfield, Plainfield, Lyme and Norwich Police Departments, along with the Grafton County Sheriff’s Office, New Hampshire State Police and Hanover Fire Department for their assistance in this investigation,” said Dennis. “Dartmouth Safety and Security and Dartmouth’s Emergency Management Team coordinated with Hanover Public Safety during the early stages of our response to ensure the safety of the Dartmouth community. We want to assure our community that we continue to work on this case and appreciate all information anyone may have as it relates to this crime. Please contact us at 603-643-2222.”
Young is being held without bail at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending his arraignment on Monday, Nov. 5, in Grafton County Superior Court.