Route 4 road rage ends in gunshot wound for one Grafton man, felony charge for another

{child_byline}By DAMIEN FISHER

Union Leader Correspondent{/child_byline}

GRAFTON — Police closed off a section of Route 4 for hours Monday after a road rage shooting near Lower Meadow Road and the arrest of a local man.

According to New Hampshire State Police, about 3:15 p.m. they received a report of a road rage incident on Route 4 where an individual had been shot.

According to the initial investigation, a 2011 Ford Flex operated by Joseph Brown, 38, of Grafton, and a 2011 Ford Escape operated by a 46-year-old Grafton man were traveling north on Route 4 when the incident started, state police said.

“While the vehicles were in motion, a confrontation began to ensue for unknown reasons at this time,” they said.

At some point the vehicle’s collided causing minor damage to both, state police said.

“After the initial collision, both vehicles pulled to the side of the road, and both drivers exited and continued their confrontation, which turned into a minor physical assault. After the assault concluded, Brown shot the victim in the abdomen with a handgun,” state police said.

The victim, whom state police did not identity, was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

Brown was charged with first degree assault, a felony, and is to be arraigned Tuesday in Grafton County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m.

The vehicles involved were at the scene until being towed shortly before 11 p.m.

Anyone with information about the incident can call NH State Police Sergeant Michael Cote at 603-223-8872.

The NH State Police Troop F were assisted by the Grafton, Canaan and Enfield police, State Police Major Crimes Unit and the State Police Collision and Analysis Unit. Medical assistance was provided by Grafton Fire and EMS, Canaan Fire and EMS and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.