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Dover man sought in Rochester shooting

Union Leader Correspondent

July 30. 2014 7:41PM
Kerry Joseph 

ROCHESTER — Police have identified Dover man being sought for shooting another man in the chest along Lafayette Street Tuesday.

By Wednesday evening, police obtained a warrant for Kerry Joseph, 27, whose last known address was on New York Street in Dover, for the charge of first degree assault in connection with the shooting which occurred outside 40 Lafayette St. just before noon Tuesday.

“We do not have anyone in custody at this time,” Police Capt. Gary Boudreau said.

While police have not released the identity of the 19-year-old man who was shot in the chest, Boudreau said he continues to recover from the life-threatening injuries at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He added he was listed in stable condition, as of Wednesday.

“We are not releasing name of the victim, it has been our practice to not release the names of victims in crimes,” Boudreau said in an e-mail.

“The victim’s injuries were serious and considered life threatening,” according to police.

Joseph is an African-American man who is six foot, one inch tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He has ties in Rochester, Milton, Dover, and in Boston, Mass., according to police.

After the shooting, Joseph was seen leaving the scene on foot heading towards River Street. He was wearing a dark grey shirt and dark jean shorts.

“Due to the violent nature of the crime police do consider Mr. Joseph dangerous,” according to a release.

Nonetheless, Boudreau said Tuesday that there is little risk to the public as Joseph appeared to have “targeted” his victim.

“Yesterday’s incident was not a random act of violence,” according to police.

“This isn’t a normal type of crime for the area,” Boudreau said, adding police have not found any indications which link the shooting to other crimes or determined what led to the incident.

“We have been active today in this investigation,” Boudreau said Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the incident or who knows the whereabouts of Joseph is encouraged to contact Rochester Police at (603) 330-7127 or call Rochester Crimeline at 335-6500. All calls to the Rochester Crimeline will remain confidential and rewards are given for information, which leads to arrests. You can also text the Rochester Crimline at Crimes (274637) in the body write TEXT4CASH followed by your tip.

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