UPDATED: Manchester police say home invasion preceded fatal shooting at Lake Avenue apartment
The death has been termed a homicide, but the names of the victim and the suspected gunman have not been released.
"The circumstances of the incident, including the motives of those involved, are under investigation," Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin, chief of the homicide unit, said in an email response to a Union Leader reporter's questions.
At about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, police responded to a 911 call and found the body of a man in a second-floor apartment in the multi-unit building at 430 Lake Ave.
The building includes a commercial establishment which fronts on Lake Avenue and the apartments, which face a driveway. The shooting scene is next to the Odd Fellows Hall on Lake Avenue.
Three months ago, Manchester Community Resources Center and the police substation moved into the first floor of the hall, which has undergone a $3.4 million renovation paid for in part by money provided by a federal neighborhood stabilization fund.
The substation is not manned around the clock, but is a frequent stopping point for officers who work the neighborhood to handle paperwork and perform other chores.
The man killed did not live in the apartment, police said. Authorities believe one of three residents of the apartment fired the fatal shot.
One of the residents of the apartment suffered a minor injury, while two others were not hurt, according to a statement released by the Attorney General's Office.
The building is near the corner of Lake Avenue and Hall Street. Neighbors say the driveway for the apartment building is often used by residents of Litchfield Lane, which runs parallel to Lake Avenue, as a shortcut to a Lake Avenue variety store.
One nearby resident said that while he slept through the shooting, other family members reported hearing a loud commotion from the area in the early morning hours.
Police are seeking help from the public in their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Manchester police detectives at 668-8711 or Manchester crimeline at (603) 624-4040.
It is the second homicide in the city in the last month.
Mark Donnelly, 31, was killed May 18 while walking in the area of Pine and Prospect streets.
According to witness accounts, Donnelly was shot by a man who approached him in a car after Donnelly and his friends had made fun of a woman panhandling. The woman said she would return with her boyfriend. Minutes later, a man in a car drove up and showed a gun. After Donnelly said he would fight the man "one on one," several gunshots were fired, witnesses have said.
No arrests have been made.