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Police looking for two men in Rochester home invasion, shooting

Union Leader Correspondent

December 23. 2013 8:53AM

ROCHESTER – A King Street resident is recovering from a wound to the leg after being shot during a home invasion just after midnight.

Police responded to 18 King St. at 12:01 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of an armed robbery, including a shooting.


"We believe this specific house was targeted," Capt. Paul Toussaint said, adding it doesn’t appear that this is connected other robberies or that there is any danger to the public.


Although Toussaint could not provide many more specifics since the case is under investigation, he said the two residents were awake when the robbery occurred and the two men entered the home through the front door.


"It appears the door was open," Toussaint said, adding the incident happened quickly and the two men were not in the home "for an extended period of time."

Police say two masked men entered the bedroom of the man and his girlfriend. After the man refused to provide any money, he was shot in the left lower leg and was struck by another unknown object, according to police.

As the two men left the home, they were confronted at the front door by another woman who lived in the home, police said. She chased the two men down the street until they pointed the gun at her and told her to back away, which she did. Both men fled down Court Street on foot, according to police.

The injured man was taken to the hospital, where he remains in stable condition, police said Monday morning.

The man who shot the weapon is described as being white with blond hair. He is between 16 and 25 years old, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-9 and 120 to 150 pounds. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a light-colored bandana covering his face, according to police.

The second man was described as having a thin build and taller than his companion. He was wearing dark-colored clothing and a ski mask, according to police.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Rochester Police Detective Jeremiah Murphy at 330-7140. All calls to the Rochester Crimeline remain confidential, and rewards may be given for information leading to an arrest. Anonymous tips can be left on the Rochester Crimeline at 335-6500 or texted to Crimes (274637). In the body of the text, simply write TEXT4CASH followed by the tip.

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