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UPDATED: Police say man shot his son in Sanbornton incident

Union Leader Correspondent

August 11. 2014 2:19PM


Union Leader Correspondent


Police are investigating whether alcohol played a role Sunday night when a man allegedly shot his son in the leg.

"(Alcohol) is being investigated," said Police Lt. Kevin McIntosh. "We’re investigating a number of possibilities for what happened, we aren’t sure yet."

Colter Kuss, 36, of 228 Steele Hill Road, was shot by his father, Lloyd Steven Barnard, 61, shortly after 9 p.m. at the Steele Hill Road home.

Kuss was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, where a DHART helicopter was on standby to fly him to another hospital if necessary.

He is being treated at the Laconia hospital and will not likely lose his leg, McIntosh said.

Barnard, of the same address, is charged with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

He was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail at his arraignment Monday morning in 4th Circuit Court - Laconia District Division.

He is to return to court on Aug. 21 for a probable cause hearing.

Kuss, who police said was renting a room from his father, was shot several times in one leg, said Fire Chief Paul Dexter.

A second person at the site was not injured.

Police are still investigating what kind of gun was used. A neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, said a gun was thrown in the woods after the incident.

Dexter said Barnard suffered arm injuries. McIntosh said police are investigating whether an argument took place prior to the shooting.

Neighbors said they hadn’t heard any unusual noise or activity prior to the shooting.

When firefighters and rescue crews arrived, there was a delay in reaching Kuss as police weren’t sure of Barnard’s whereabouts. He was later arrested at a location away from the scene, police said.

Assisting Sanbornton police in the investigation were officers from Belmont, Tilton, Belknap County Sheriff's Office and New Hampshire State Police.

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