Update on Oak Street shooting in Newport
Drug deal gone wrong, not road rage as initially reported
NEWPORT — On Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2:20 p.m., the Newport Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call telling them there had been an altercation along Oak Street and that one person had been shot. When the Newport Police Department arrived they found a 17-year-old juvenile with a gunshot wound in the chest. He was transported by the Newport Ambulance Service from the scene to the airport where he was airlifted by DHART to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
The initial witness reports were of a road rage incident involving two vehicles. 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. The investigation has since revealed that the altercation was not a random act of road rage, but rather connected to a 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 received assistance from the New Hampshire State Police, Troop C. The Major Crime Unit along with the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office were all involved in the investigation. The investigation has led the Newport and the New Hampshire State Police to make two arrests today in this case.
Jordan Richardson,18, of Goshen was arrested and charged with first degree assault, a Class A felony;
felonious use of a firearm, a Class B felony; and conspiracy to sell controlled drugs within a school zone, a Class A felony
Kurt Richardson, 41, of Goshen was also arrested and charged with conspiracy to sell controlled drugs within a school zone, a Class A felony; felonious use a firearm, Class B felony; reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, a Class B felony; and acts prohibited, criminal solicitation of a minor, a Class A felony
Both were held without bail and were arraigned at the Sullivan County Superior Court on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m.
The investigation remains ongoing at this time. The Newport Police Department would like to thank the Sunapee and Springfield Police departments for their assistance. 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.