NH police find car that may be linked to shooting

Posted Jan. 19, 2011, at 3:14 p.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — Police in New Hampshire say they’re trying to determine if a car found at a commuter parking lot is linked to the fatal shooting of an armed intruderin a Warner home.

Police still haven’t been able to identify the intruder or why he broke into the home of 82-year-old Gordon Smith on Jan. 8.

The intruder died of a single gunshot from his own gun in Smith’s home. Authorities have not determined who pulled the trigger.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell told the Concord Monitor that police towed a car Sunday from a commuter parking lot near Interstate 89’s Exit 9, not far from Smith’s home, because they had “some indication” it was connected to the intruder. She wouldn’t say what that indication was.

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The Attorney General’s Office said the man held Smith against his will and at times assaulted him. After several hours, the man threatened Smith with a handgun.

The Attorney General’s Office said the man put the gun to his own head and grabbed Smith’s hand, pulling it toward the weapon. The man was fatally shot in the head when the gun discharged. Smith was not hurt by the gunfire.

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man. They say he was in his 20s to 30s and had four tattoos on his arms: a typewriter on his left forearm; the words “be here” on the inside of his left wrist; the word “ques” on the back of his right arm, above his elbow; and the words “to love me” on the inside of his right wrist.

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