Friends await arrest in Rumney killing
RUMNEY — State homicide investigators say they are investigating the relationship and personal histories of a local chiropractor and the man who fatally shot him near a dock on Stinson Lake on June 29.
Meanwhile, friends of David Landseadel want to know why anyone would shoot a man who was so kind that he used to raise dogs for use by blind people, and why no one has been arrested for his killin.
“He was an honest, nice man who weighed 130 pounds soaking wet,” said John Przybylak, who runs chiropractic practice in Buffalo, N.Y., in an area of Buffalo where Landseadel also had an office before he moved to Rumney eight years ago.
Landseadel’s father, Frank, who is known throughout Buffalo for his chiropractic practice, died July 9 “of a broken heart,” Przybylak said.
“None of us can understand how someone could shoot someone like David in the head and have no arrests made by now,” he added.
Landseadel, 48, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head after a fight with another man at about dusk that night, authorities said.
His body was discovered near some shared docks on Stinson Lake in Rumney shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday by local rescue crews who were alerted by a passerby.
The death has been ruled a homicide by the State Medical Examiner’s Office, who said Landseadel died of a single gunshot wound to the head. There has been no arrest.
Landseadel lived at 2279 Stinson Lake Road with his wife. They ran Plymouth Chiropractic together. His wife said she cannot speak about the shooting or the circumstances surrounding it.
On Monday, Senior Assistant N.H. Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin, chief of the Department of Justice’s homicide unit, said there are no arrest is expected soon and the investigation continues.
Strelzin said the investigation includes getting accounts of the incident and personal histories from friends and neighbors of both Landseadel and his shooter, whom authorities have not named.
“We are getting quite a bit of info on both individuals in this case,” Strelzin said. “The investigation into what happened and the relationship between the men is ongoing.”
Przybylak, reached at his home in Buffalo, said he has been searching for information about Landseadel’s shooting and was surprised to find that investigators could perceive Landseadel as anything but a victim.
“He did so much for people, and everyone just loved him,” Przybylak said.
“We were surprised when he moved to New Hampshire eight years ago, he was so appreciated here. He used to do things for people all the time, and he wouldn’t hurt anyone, I know that. How can they think he deserved to be shot in the head?” Przybylak said.
He said Frank Landseadel died last week of heart problems.
Neighbors in Rumney, who did not want to be identified in news stories, said Landseadel kept to himself. His neighborhood is made up of mostly summer residents, they said.