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Goffstown shooting death victim identified by authorities as Manchester teen

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 20. 2017 5:14PM
IAN JEWELL (Facebook)

Police and Fire blocked off Main Street Sunday night during an investigation. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

An 18-year-old Manchester Memorial High School student appears to be the victim of a deadly shooting that took place Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of a Goffstown hardware store.

Authorities have identified the victim as Ian Jewell, 18, of Manchester.

Jewell was found wounded at 4:20 p.m. in the parking lot of the Goffstown Ace Hardware store at 5 Depot St., according to a statement issued by Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Goffstown police.

He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

An autopsy is scheduled for later Monday. Police said they will provide additional information after the autopsy.

Social media posts announced a candlelight vigil for Jewell at 6:30 p.m. Monday night. The mother of a Memorial student told the New Hampshire Union Leader that her son is grieving the loss of his friend.

At Memorial High this morning, Principal Arthur Adamakos announced that grief counselors were available in the library for anyone who needed to speak to someone.

School district spokesman Andrea Alley said counselors were brought in from other schools. She confirmed the candlelight vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. and that participants are encouraged to wear tie-dyed clothes in Jewell's honor.

The family has asked that school officials not speak to the media about Jewell, Alley said.

Throughout his years at Memorial, he bounced between honors and high honors, according to Union Leader archives. At the end of the 2016-17 school year he was listed as a junior with a high-honors rank.

Lisa Armitage Masse said some Memorial students were collapsing from grief in the school hallways.

"When my son had surgery, Ian helped my son carry his books class to class, helped him get out to the car at the end of the day. The few times I did interact with Ian, he was sweet and polite," Masse messaged to the Union Leader.

Memorial Principal Arthur Adamakos has not returned a telephone call.

The announcement of a vigil asks participants to wear tie-dyed clothes in honor of Jewell. His Facebook profile features a picture of Jewell wearing a tie-dyed shirt and holding a plate of chocolate chip cookies.

An earlier story follows:

GOFFSTOWN — Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies converged on Goffstown Sunday afternoon to investigate a suspicious death, after an individual was shot outside the Ace Hardware store at 5 Depot St.

A heavy police presence could be seen in the area of Depot Street in Goffstown just before 5 p.m.

Goffstown police, state police and the Attorney General’s Office would not confirm the gender or age of the victim Sunday night.

Initial reports from individuals in businesses near the hardware store indicated the victim was a teen, and was shot outside the hardware store about 4:20 p.m. The store had closed for the day at 3 p.m.

Area businesses were put in lockdown mode.

“There are cruisers everywhere,” Brenda Cadieux, owner of the Village Trestle bar and restaurant at 25 Main St., said just before 5 p.m. “Police asked us to lock the doors, pull the blinds, and don’t let anyone in or out. There are customers here who want to leave, and we can’t let them out, but no one is panicking.”

Dunbarton police posted on their Facebook page that a suspect was in custody at 8 p.m.

Jeffery Strelzin, senior assistant attorney general and chief of the state’s Homicide Unit, said police believe they have identified all the parties involved in the fatal shooting, but he would not comment further, or confirm an arrest had been made.

“This is an unfolding investigation and additional information will be provided as soon as possible while still protecting the integrity of the investigation,” Strelzin said in a news release. “There does not appear to be any danger to the public stemming from this incident.”

An autopsy on the victim is to be performed Monday.

No one else was injured in the incident,  Strelzin said.

Cadieux said she was told by police someone was shot in the parking lot outside Goffstown Ace Hardware.

Roads and streets around Depot Street were shut down as police searched for the shooter. Police from Goffstown, Dunbarton, New Hampshire State Police and Manchester — including members of the Manchester SWAT team — were actively searching the area around the Ace Hardware store.

The shooter was described over the radio by police as a white male with long black hair. A number of roadblocks were set up along Depot, Mill and North Mast streets.

Main Street was blocked off near the intersection of Route 13 and down near Sully’s Suprette on North Mast Road. The side streets near Goffstown Ace Hardware were also blocked off.

Around 7 p.m., the roads opened once again, except for Depot Street. That was blocked off by police tape as a few officers remained in the parking lot of the hardware store.

A tweet sent out at 6:24 p.m. Sunday on the Goffstown Hardware Twitter account read, “None of our employees or customers were injured in today’s events. Big hugs to my staff today.”

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