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  • Writer's pictureCaity Koz

Arrest Made in Non-Fatal Shooting Incident

Manchester Police have arrested an 18-year-old from Pembroke, NH, in connection with a non-fatal shooting that occurred on July 1st.

On July 1, 2023, shortly after midnight, Manchester Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the parking lot of Walgreens at 606 Valley St. Responding officers located a 17-year-old male who had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. Patrol officers immediately began rendering aid, and the juvenile was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives conducted a significant amount of follow-up investigation in this case and, through the investigation, identified Michael Martel, 18 years old, from Pembroke, New Hampshire as the shooter. As detailed in the arrest warrant affidavit, it is alleged that Martel arranged to meet the victim in the parking lot to confront him regarding a female acquaintance. As the victim arrived in the parking lot, Martel shot at him, striking the victim in the leg.

As part of this investigation, Detectives recovered the firearm believed to have been used by Martel. This firearm had an obliterated serial number, which resulted in additional charges. Martel has been charged with the following:

  • First Degree Assault, RSA 631:1

  • Reckless Conduct, RSA 631:3

  • Changing Marks on a Firearm, RSA 159:13

Chief Aldenberg commented, “Manchester Police continues to leverage technology and outstanding investigative effort to make arrests of violent offenders. The dedicated work of our officers, detectives, and professional staff makes our City safer. I want to thank all those who worked on this case, from providing immediate medical care to assisting with the investigation. The collaborative work resulted in an excellent arrest.”

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