NASHUA — A woman who was shot in her abdomen during a domestic dispute on Saturday is expected to survive, according to police.
Authorities have arrested Christopher W. Martini, 41, of 101½ Gilman St., in connection with the shooting. According to Lt. Denis Linehan of the Nashua Police Department, Martini allegedly fired a handgun inside of the residence around 7:23 p.m. Saturday.
The single bullet penetrated the woman’s abdomen, however officials are still trying to determine whether she may have suffered a second gunshot wound as well. Police did not immediately identify the name of the victim.
Martini has been charged with a felony count of domestic violence reckless conduct, although police said additional, or alternative charges could be brought forward during his arraignment today at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.
Linehan said detectives need more time to interview the victim to determine whether an altercation may have taken place prior to the shooting, and whether the gun was accidentally or intentionally discharged.
“I can tell you that it was a domestic violence-related thing. Police are still trying to figure out what his intent was,” Linehan said on Sunday, adding Martini was allegedly “highly intoxicated” at the time of the shooting.
Linehan said a handgun was used in the incident, and that weapon has since been recovered by police.
The woman’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, according to Linehan, who said she was initially transported to a local hospital and later moved to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.
There were no other occupants inside the residence during the shooting, police said. Martini’s apartment is located within a multi-unit dwelling near St. Joseph Hospital. Linehan said he was unsure whether Martini has any criminal background, and he could not immediately comment on who reported Saturday’s shooting to authorities.
At this time, the department’s domestic violence unit is handling the case. Police are continuing to investigate, and anticipated that more details would be released in court on today.