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2 Injured, Suspect in Custody After Gunman Opens Fire at NH Wedding

What to Know

  • Police were responding to a shooting at a church in Pelham, New Hampshire Saturday morning, Gov. Chris Sununu said.

  • A victim in the incident has been transported to Lowell General Hospital, officials at the hospital confirmed.

  • A large police and fire presence remained at the scene at New England Pentecostal Church Saturday morning.

Two people were injured and a suspect was in custody Saturday after a gunman opened fire during a wedding in Pelham, New Hampshire, authorities said.

The shooting occurred during at New England Pentecostal Church on Bridge Street sometime after 10:12 a.m., Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark said. Guests at the wedding tackled and subdued the male shooter by the time authorities arrived, Roark added. 

Upon arrival, authorities found a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds. There was no further information about the identities or conditions of the victims. 

No deaths were reported in connection with the shooting. 

One victim in the incident was transported to Lowell General Hospital and then transferred to a Boston hospital, officials at the hospital confirmed. 

Roark said the wedding had begun by the time the gunman entered the building. He added that a funeral was scheduled at the church after the wedding. 

Gov. Chris Sununu released the following statement: 

“State officials are on scene assisting local first responders in the response and investigation of a shooting in Pelham, New Hampshire. While this remains a very active scene, the State of New Hampshire will provide all necessary resources to support the community and our local partners.”

A man named Geraldo Pagan told reporters he came to the church for an event to honor the life of fatal shooting victim Luis Garcia, a beloved priest whose body was found at his Londonderry home earlier this month.

In a tweet, Sen. Maggie Hassan said she was “deeply disturbed” by the incident. 

“Today was supposed to serve as a celebration of the life of Minister Luis Garcia. This senseless violence can’t continue — my prayers are with the victims of this terrible attack,” she said. 

The Boston office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the Manchester, New Hampshire field office was responding to the scene.

Route 38 near St. Margaret’s Drive Roadway was closed due to police activity. Bridge St was closed between Wellesley Drive and Old Gage Hill Road.

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