MANCHESTER -- Police are searching for a Hispanic man with an Afro hairstyle pulled back in a pony tail in Sunday's shooting on the city's West Side that left a man with non life-threatening injuries.
Lt. Maureen Tessier said detectives do not believe the shooting was random and that there is a connection between the 30-year-old injured man, whose name investigators are withholding, and the gunman.
The shooter is described as being between 18 and 20 years of age, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, with a thin build. He wore his Afro-style hair pulled back in a pony tail and was dressed in dark clothing. The weapon was a black handgun.
Police say they were called to the Crosstown Variety at 270 Amory St. Sunday afternoon to respond to reports of a fight.
"At 3:35 Sunday, we got a call of a dispute or fight of some sort at Crosstown Variety," said Sgt. Allen Aldenberg. "As units were arriving, we got reports of a gunshot victim."
He said police found the man suffering from a gunshot wound to his midsection near the variety store.
"The victim was transported to Catholic Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries," said Sgt. Aldenberg.
Tessier said she did not know the wounded man's condition or if he was still hospitalized.
Police quickly developed information that a suspect in the shooting may be in a residence at 393 and 399 Rimmon St., allegedly on the third floor of one of them. Between eight to 10 officers in full SWAT team armor were sweeping the addresses late Sunday night. As of 11 p.m., neither a suspect or weapon were found at the scene.
"Once we clear the residences, we will deem safe for residents to return," said Aldenberg. "Detectives will begin actively working the case from there."
Rimmon Street was closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the intersection with Wayne Street. Dozens of Manchester police cruisers, along with Manchester K9 units could be scene working the area, as residents looked on.
"I was the first to call the cops about it," said of Alexa Ray Doyon, of Putnam Street. "There was a fight down the end of the street. A guy with a gun was getting beat up. I thought they were fooling, but they weren't. One of the guys had a pretty good goose egg on his face, I called the cops, then I heard someone was shot."
"I was in my place sleeping, and the cops came in and told me to get out," said a Rimmon Street resident who would only give his name as Greg. "I didn't know anything was going on, I didn't hear any gun shots or anything like that."
"I walk a lot at night, and now I'm worried about it," said Doyon. "Maybe we'll head back to the east side."
(Union Leader staff reporter Pat Grossmith contributed to this report.)