By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — Police Chief Mark Lewandoski said a woman suffered what appears to be a single shot to the head while she was in a home on 24 Arlene Drive around 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Lewandoski said the woman was alive when police arrived and she was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital and then flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where she was in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit Tuesday evening.
As of 6 p.m., the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit and the Belmont Police were investigating. Lewandoski said that the shooter is not in custody, but police had a good idea who he is.
He said the general public is not in danger but they have not yet recovered the gun.
Lewandoski said police received several calls from the area saying from people saying they heard a gunshot and then heard a woman screaming. He said the victim, who appeared to be in her late 20s or early 30s, was conscious and talking to police before she slipped into unconsciousness.
He said the home is a duplex and the shooting occurred in the right-side apartment and that the victim and her likely assailant were visitors of the tenants who rent that half of the house.
The renters of the apartment, said Lewandoski, have been cleared of any wrongdoing but will not be allowed to return to the house until the police complete their investigation. He said police learned that the people involved in the shooting were their guests and that they had stayed there Monday night.
He said there are people who live in the other half of the home who have two children and they are being temporarily housed in an undisclosed location. He said their two dogs will be taken to the Humane Society for care until they can all return to the home.
As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Lewandoski said investigators were in the process of getting a search warrant for the house. He said police only went into the apartment to assist the victim and make sure no one else was there.
Lewandoski said that investigators were speaking to a number of witnesses and police hope to make an arrest shortly.
"Right now I do not know the victim or the person who shot her but we hope to have some answers soon as to why this happened," he said.
According to Belmont online assessing records, the house is owned by Elizabeth Gates and Shane Farmer. It is not known if they live there.
The State Police Major Crimes Unit was stationed outside 24 Arlene Drive in Belmont Tuesday evening. A woman was shot in the head at that address, but police say no one else is in danger at this time. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)
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