RUMNEY — The state Attorney General’s Office is asking the public for information that may aid the investigation into the shooting death of a local chiropractor late Sunday by an as-yet unnamed shooter who has not been arrested.
Dr. David Landseadel, 48, was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head after a fight with another man, authorities said.
Landseadel’s body was discovered near some shared docks on Stinson Lake in Rumney shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday by local rescue crews after his body was seen by a passerby. Landseadel lives at 2279 Stinson Lake Road.
The death has been ruled a homicide by state medical examiners, who said Landseadel died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Janice Rundles said Landseadel’s shooter is a local man.
“There was a fight at the lake that preceded these events, and we’re hoping for more information about that if anyone has any,” she said.
The fight occurred near where Landseadel’s body was found, said Rundles, who refused to name the shooter.
“I don’t expect any arrests (Tuesday),” she said. “This is going to take as long as it takes.”
Rundles said there is a difference between homicide and murder.
“Generally speaking, homicide means someone has died in a situation that could be accidental, or it could be self-defense,” she said, not referencing the current case specifically. “Sometimes there is no crime at all.”
Asked if she anticipates criminal charges in this case, Rundles would not comment.
Landseadel’s wife and office manager, Karri Landseadel, was at her husband’s Plymouth office working on Tuesday. A sign on the door said, “Extreme tragedy has struck the Landseadel family and no one can make it to the office at this time.”
Landseadel, an alternate member of the town planning board, was described by board member Diana Graves-Kindell as “a generous and knowledgeable man, a very pleasant person.”
“It’s a very sad situation,” she said.
Landseadel’s patients, including some in upstate New York who were hearing the news of his death for the first time on Tuesday, said they will miss their doctor. Landseadel operated his business in New Hampshire for about 10 years, town officials said, and had a practice earlier in New York State.
“He helped me walk again without any pain,” said Paul Avel of Plymouth, who said he had seen Landseadel for the past three years. “He was wonderful.”
People with information about the crime are asked to contact the Attorney General’s Office at 271-3658.