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High cash bail for Sanbornton man accused of shooting son

Union Leader Correspondent

August 11. 2014 9:26PM


SANBORNTON — Police say a man shot his son in the leg multiple times Sunday night.

“(Alcohol) is being investigated” as contributing to the shooting, police Lt. Kevin McIntosh said. “We’re investigating a number of possibilities for what happened; we aren’t sure yet.”

Police said Colter Kuss, 36, of 228 Steele Hill Road, was renting a room from his father, Lloyd Steven Barnard, 61.

Police went to the Barnard residence in response to a caller who reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot, people arguing, and then an additional four or five gunshots shortly after 9 p.m.

Kuss was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia.

Barnard 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.

A court document said Barnard used a .45 caliber handgun to shoot Kuss in the leg.

Dexter said Barnard suffered arm injury. 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 and set up a perimeter around the area. Barnard was found in a rear bedroom of the home, according to a court document.

After he was taken into custody, Barnard was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment. From there he was taken to the Belknap County Jail.

He could enter no plea Monday to the felony charges in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 21.

A judge will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Belknap County Grand Jury for possible indictment.

New Hampshire Union Leader Staff Writer Dale Vincent contributed to this report.

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