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Police respond to Newmarket home where shots fired; two in custody

NEWMARKET -- Two subjects are in custody after Newmarket police and the Seacoast emergency response team (SWAT) responded Friday morning to a home where they had received reports of shots being fired.

A Newmarket police press release said three calls were received at about 6:30 a.m. Friday, reporting gunshots in rapid succession at 6 Salmon St., a split-level home in a quiet residential neighborhood.

Officers responding to the home at 6:35 a.m. evacuated the immediate area and notified local schools, advising them to follow their emergency plans, before making phone contact with two individuals in the home and getting them to leave the residence voluntarily, police said. The two were placed in custody.

Police said there were no injuries in the incident.

North Hampton police officer Brian Page was one of numerous officers from several jurisdictions who assisted with the response.

"There is no danger to the public at this time,” Page said at about 9:30 a.m., while manning a roadblock in the area. “The situation has been contained."

Chief Kevin Cyr of the Newmarket Police Department said two adult males, the homeowner and a friend, were in the single-family home when the shots were reported. Cyr said it was unclear whether the shots were fired inside or outside the home, but said “they were not fired at officers.”

Cyr said at about 10 a.m. Friday that all Newmarket schools had been released from shelter plans, which he called a precautionary measure because of the nature of the incident. He said police were awaiting a search warrant for the home and charges likely would be filed, but was not sure whether an arraignment would occur later today.

The identities of the two men, as well as any charges that might be brought against them, have not been released.

 Homes immediately near 6 Salmon St. were evacuated following the initial reports, Newmarket police said, and access to the neighborhood was blocked until about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Neighborhood resident Hannah Allen waited outside Newmarket Town Hall to access her home on River Street, which connects with Salmon. Allen said she spent Thursday night at her sister’s home and was not in the neighborhood this morning, but had never seen similar incidents in the year she’s lived there.

“It’s pretty quiet,” she said. “There’s a lot of families.”

The incident occurred as many local children likely were getting up and preparing to go to school. Officers at the scene expressed relief that no injuries were reported.

“There are a lot of kids in that neighborhood,” Allen said.

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