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Son arrested in Manchester homicide

MANCHESTER — Authorities have arrested a 29-year-old man for second-degree murder in the shooting death of his father.

Evan C. Smith will be arraigned Monday in Manchester District (9th Circuit) Court at 9 a.m.

Philip J. Smith, 61, was found dead in his home at 519 Hevey St. Friday from an apparent gunshot wound, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General&#';s Office.

Police issued a bulletin Friday afternoon asking for the public&#';s help in locating Evan Smith. Describing him as &#';a person of interest,&#'; they said he &#';may be armed and dangerous&#'; and warned the public not to approach him or his car, a 1992 black Honda Civic. Two hours later, they canceled that bulletin, stating only that Smith had been located.

Last evening, the AG&#';s Office and Manchester police issued a brief press release stating that Smith had been arrested in his father&#';s death.

Assistant Attorney General Janice Rundles said an autopsy on Philip Smith will be conducted Monday.

On Friday night, Rundles called the shooting a &#';targeted event&#'; and said there was no danger to the public. &#';This victim was targeted by someone in particular,&#'; she said.

In the hours after the shooting, the Hevey Street building, on Manchester&#';s West Side, was blocked off with yellow crime-scene tape. Neighbors stood nearby, some knowing there was a body inside but little else as the investigation continued into the shooting, which happened about 11:30 a.m.

On Saturday, all crime-scene tape had been removed from the blue, three-story apartment building. A group of men playing basketball at a neighboring apartment building said they didn&#';t know the Smith family or the circumstances of Friday&#';s shooting.


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