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.