Man arrested in shooting of 15-year-old in Nashua
NASHUA — A 19-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly shooting a 15-year-old boy in the arm this past weekend after the two were allegedly smoking marijuana and pointing the gun at each other.
According to police, Christopher Baxter, 19, with no fixed address in Nashua, has been charged with felony reckless conduct and falsifying physical evidence for the incident.
The victim was transported from a residence on East Pearl Street to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to police. The victim was later transferred to a Boston hospital for additional medical care.
The victim, trying to protect his friend, initially lied to authorities and told them that he was walking along the railroad tracks near Crown Street when an unknown man approached him and his girlfriend, tried to steal his backpack and shot him when he refused to hand it over, according to court documents.
While at the hospital, however, the victim changed his story and said that Baxter allegedly shot him in the forearm while handing over the gun.
Baxter shared a different version of events with police, saying a group of teens had been at the victim’s apartment smoking marijuana and playing with guns when Baxter allowed the victim to cut him with a knife.
When the victim wanted to cut Baxter a second time, an argument ensued and Baxter told the 15-year-old that he would shoot him in the foot if he tried to cut him again, state court records.
A struggle with the revolver took place, the gun discharged and a bullet was lodged into the younger teen’s arm.
“It appears that this was a negligent discharge of a firearm due to reckless handling of a firearm,” Det. Christopher DiTullio said in a prosecutor synopsis filed at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.
Baxter told police that after the shooting he threw three guns into the Nashua River by the railroad trestle near Sanders Street — including the gun used in the shooting.
Baxter was arraigned Monday morning where bail was set at $100,000 cash or surety. He has been ordered to relinquish all weapons to the Nashua Police Department, and has been ordered to refrain from use of drugs and alcohol.
Baxter will be back in court on Nov. 29 for a probable cause hearing.