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Lake Ave. shooting victim was accused of attempted murder in Manchester barbershop in 2012

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 13. 2015 4:37AM

Jesus Luis Rodriguez is shown in a May 2013 booking photo. 

A 25-year-old Manchester man, who had been accused of shooting a man getting his hair cut at a West Side barbershop, was the victim of the Mother’s Day shooting outside 144 Lake Ave.

Jesus Rodriguez, who lived at 144 Lake Ave., died from two gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy conducted by Dr. Thomas A. Andrew, the state’s chief medical examiner.

The circumstances that led to Mr. Rodriguez’s death are still under investigation.

The shooting happened at 3:40 p.m. Rodriguez was found lying in a parking lot, a blood-spattered silver BMW parked nearby.

Rodriguez, who is nicknamed “Bebe,” had been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Ismael Barreto on Nov. 29, 2012, while Barreto was getting a haircut at Andrew’s Barbershop, 262 Main St.

Barreto was shot after Rodriguez followed two others into the barbershop. One of the men sat down beside a customer while the other remained at the door.

Rodriguez then allegedly pulled out a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and, as Barreto got up form the barber chair to run, fired eight bullets.

Two bullets went through Barreto’s leg, while a third grazed the outside of his leg.

Police said the gunman at one point was four feet from Barreto who tried to hide behind a wall.

One of the bullets went through a wall and into an adjacent apartment where a family with small children lived.

Five months went by before police had enough evidence and witnesses came forward and identified Rodriguez as the alleged gunman. But when it came time for trial, the witnesses became non-cooperative and the case was nol-prossed by the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office, according to a spokesman.

The New Hampshire Union Leader was unable to reach Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin, who is heading the murder investigation, for more information.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 668-8711 and ask for “Detectives,” or call Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040.

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