Round Passes Through Apartment Ceiling in Newport, Injuring Child; Arrest Made

NEWPORT, NH—Newport Police Chief James  Burroughs reported this morning that the Newport Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call at 11:27 p.m. on April 14th from residents of 147 Laurel Street, advising that their 2-year-old daughter had been shot through the floor from the downstairs apartment.  The Newport Police and Newport Ambulance Service responded and found that the child had been lying on the floor and had sustained a gunshot injury to her right leg. Subsequently, the 2-year-old was transported from the scene by the Newport Ambulance to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  The name of the child is not being released.

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“The investigation revealed that a single shot had come from the first floor residence,” said Burroughs. He identified the sole occupant of that residence as Timothy E. Hale, 51, Newport, NH.

Burroughs said that the investigation “revealed that Hale had [allegedly] discharged a single 12 gauge shotgun round from his bedroom through his ceiling, striking the 2-year-old.  Hale was taken into custody and has been charged with a class B Felony for Reckless Conduct with a deadly weapon.  He will be arraigned later today at the Sullivan County Superior Court.”

Burroughs said the child is listed in stable condition and remains at DHMC.

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