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Fourth man linked to Merrimack shooting faces four felony charges

By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

June 19. 2018 10:54PM




MERRIMACK — A fourth person allegedly connected to the shooting of a man in Merrimack because he didn’t have drugs on him was arrested and arraigned on four felonies including conspiracy to commit robbery and falsifying physical evidence, according to police officials.

Brendan Mericantante, 19, of 2 Twilight Drive in Nashua was arrested last Wednesday on charges that also included two counts of hindering apprehension.

Police officials said this all stemmed from the May 23 shooting on Mill Street in which a 19-year-old was shot twice in the upper torso and later transferred to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.

Witnesses gave a description of a blue Toyota sedan that had sped away from the area after the shooting and that the rear driver’s side passenger window had been damaged.

Merrimack police received tips regarding the car and two days later they found the car and confirmed that Mericantante had been driving it the night of the shooting.

Mericantante was released on $10,000 cash or surety bail and faces future hearings in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.

Jackson R. Crawford, the 22-year-old man accused of shooting the 19-year-old twice, one directly above his heart and the other near his armpit, told police that his gun accidentally fired.

Crawford faces attempted murder and other felony charges.

Prosecutors said Crawford had been messaging the victim, identified only as “I.S.” throughout the day May 23 and a meeting at the parking lot of a boat ramp got heated.

Police said Crawford became angry upon learning the victim did not have any drugs and was trying to remain clean.

The victim told police that while he was on the ground wounded, all those inside the vehicle came up from behind and began assaulting him.

Crawford later told police that he intended to steal drugs from I.S. as a payback for a separate, unrelated drug issue.

Crawford acknowledged having a handgun in his lap in the car, but Crawford maintains he only intended to pistol whip the teen when the gun accidentally fired, according to prosecutors.

A 17-year-old was also arrested in connection with the shooting and as a minor he was not identified.

A third suspect in the vehicle, Robert J. Brown, 18, of 30 Armory St., Nashua, was also arrested and charged with falsifying physical evidence, resisting arrest and robbery with a deadly weapon.

klandrigan@unionleader.com


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