Search called off for man with gun on I-93 in Londonderry
Police searched the area for several hours Thursday morning after motorists reported a man was ';standing in the median strip with a gun in hand near Exit 4 on Interstate 93.';
Police said initial reports of the gunman came in during the morning commute hours. Londonderry and Derry police assisted in the search. A state police helicopter hovered over the highway earlier Thursday as the search extended to the Route 102 corridor, then onward toward Exit 3 in Windham after the suspect was reportedly spotted, police said.
Driving to his job in Salem Thursday morning, Concord resident George Simon spotted a man in a suit walking alongside Interstate 93.
';He was dressed to the hilt,'; said Simon. ';I was worried he was going to get hit.';
Then he noticed there was an Audi parked by the side of the road. Part of the vehicle's roof rack appeared to be missing. Simon said he believes the so-called ';gunman'; spotted during Thursday morning's commute was simply a case of mistaken identity as the unknown man attempted to retrieve a large piece of a roof rack that had fallen into the roadway.
However, state police were unable to confirm if that was, indeed, the case. ';It could be one and the same, but I cannot say for sure,'; State Police Lt. Nicole Armaganian said.