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Police: Three in custody following shooting in Merrimack

New Hampshire Union Leader
Union Leader Correspondent

May 24. 2018 10:07AM
Police are on the scene of a shooting in Merrimack on Wednesday night. (JEFF HASTINGS/still image taken from video)


MERRIMACK — Police have three people in custody in connection with a shooting Wednesday evening.

Police said that Jackson Crawford, 22, of Merrimack was one of three individuals taken into custody at gunpoint in connection with the shooting. 

He was apprehended by police about 8 p.m. after being spotted walking along Daniel Webster Highway with two others, who Merrimack police allege were in a car with Crawford at the time of the shooting.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting and a victim with traumatic injury near the Depot Street boat ramp just after 6 p.m.

According to Capt. Brian Levesque, the 19-year-old victim suffered two gunshot wounds to the torso. 

He was initially taken to a hospital in Nashua, and was later moved to a hospital in Burlington, Mass., in stable condition. 

Levesque would not comment on the relationship between Crawford and the victim, saying it is part of the ongoing investigation. 

He also would not say whether an altercation took place prior to the shooting, which occurred in the parking lot of the Depot Street boat ramp. 

Police had issued a BOLO for Jackson Crawford, who they said was armed with a firearm and driving an older blue Toyota Corolla with New Hampshire registration. 

Police Chief Denise Roy said Crawford is “extremely dangerous.” The Oxford Street resident was “well-known” to Merrimack police, she said.

Police are still trying to determine the exact charges he will be facing.

“We are still trying to sort through all of that. It will depend on the victim’s injuries,” said Levesque. 

Crawford and the two others — who police did not name — were arrested without incident walking near Dunkin’ Donuts at 52 Daniel Webster Highway near Bowers Landing a couple of hours after the shooting, police said. 

Roy praised members of her department for their quick work apprehending the three men.

“We are very proud of our officers,” Levesque said. 

Lt. Ted Dillon of the Merrimack Police Department and Patrolman Mike Lambert of the Massachusetts State Police took Crawford into custody. 

Nashua police also assisted at the scene.

Crawford is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

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