Left: Kurt Richardson; right, Jordan Richardson (Newport Police Dept).

Two Arrested in Oak Street Shooting Investigation

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Multiple Charges Filed

On Saturday Dec. 8th, at 2:20 p.m., the Newport Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call advising that there had been an altercation along Oak Street and that one person had sustained a gunshot wound.  Upon arrival of the Newport Police Department, a 17-year-old juvenile was found to have sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.  That juvenile was transported by the Newport Ambulance Service from the scene to the airport where he was airlifted by DHART to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.  

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“The initial witness reports were of a road rage incident involving two vehicles,” said James Burroughs, Newport Chief of Police, in a statement. Authorities were informed of a dark GMC pickup truck that had fled the scene prior to the arrival of first responders. “That vehicle description was relayed to area law enforcement but no immediate contact was made.”   According to Burroughs, the investigation has since revealed that the altercation was not a random act of road rage, but rather connected to an alleged sale and purchase of a controlled drug reported to be THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.    

Due to the serious nature of the incident, the Newport Police Department was assisted by the NH State Police, Troop C, and the Major Crime Unit, along with the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office and the NH Attorney General’s Office; all were involved in the investigation, said Burroughs.  The investigation has led the Newport and the NH State Police to make two arrests today in this case, Burroughs announced Wednesday evening.  Arrested without incident: 

Jordan Richardson, 18, of Goshen, NH, was arrested and charged with the following:

First degree assault, Class A Felony

Felonious use of a firearm, Class B Felony

Conspiracy to sell controlled drugs within a school zone, Class A Felony


Kurt Richardson, 41, of Goshen, NH, was arrested and charged with the following:

Conspiracy to sell controlled drugs within a school zone, Class A Felony

Felonious use a firearm, Class B Felony

Reckless conduct with a Deadly Weapon, Class B Felony 

Acts prohibited, criminal solicitation of a minor, Class A Felony

Both were held without bail and are to be arraigned at the Sullivan County Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 13th, at 1:00 p.m . The suspects are father and son.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time, said Burroughs.  “The Newport Police Department would like to thank the Sunapee and Springfield Police Departments for their assistance,” he added.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Shawn Skahan of the New Hampshire State Police Troop C at (603) 223-8494 or Lt. Charles Rataj at the Newport Police Department at (603) 863-3232.

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