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N.H. Attorney General: Jesse Jarvis, 36, Dead in Claremont Parking Lot After Suffering Multiple Gunshot Wounds

  • A New Hampshire State Police investigator takes notes at the scene of a shooting outside the Imperial Buffet in Claremont, N.H., Sunday, May 13, 2018. A vehicle marked to show three bullet impacts sat in the parking lot. Jesse Jarvis, of Claremont, died at the scene shortly after midnight Sunday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • An investigator with the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit prepares to photograph the scene of a shooting, including evidence markers and a motorcycle that was impounded by police, from atop a Claremont Fire Department ladder truck operated by firefighter Kyle Lizotte, outside the Imperial Buffet in Claremont, N.H., Sunday, May 13, 2018. Jesse Jarvis, of Claremont, died at the scene shortly after midnight Sunday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Claremont Firefighter Kyle Lizotte replaces police tape after arriving at the Imperial Buffet in Claremont, N.H., Sunday, May 13, 2018, with a ladder truck to assista state police in photographing the scene. Jesse Jarvis, of Claremont, died after being shot outside the restaurant early Sunday morning. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Jesse Jarvis. (Courtesy photograph)



Valley News Staff Writer
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Claremont — A former prison gang leader who was active in the white supremacist movement died shortly after midnight on Sunday in the parking lot of a Chinese restaurant after being shot multiple times, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Claremont officers who were called to Imperial Buffet and Lounge on Washington Street found Jesse Jarvis, 36, suffering from gunshot wounds. Jarvis later died at the scene, according to a news release.

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident. Authorities have not yet released a motive for the shooting nor have they named a suspect. No one was in custody in connection with the shooting as of Sunday evening, Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said during a phone interview.

On Sunday morning, the State Police Major Crime Unit had the restaurant’s parking lot cordoned off. A tarp surrounded by cars could be seen in one area. Investigators also brought in a fire truck to take aerial photos of the scene.

Although Imperial Buffet and Lounge’s restaurant was closed at 9:30 on Saturday night, the adjacent bar was open when the shooting occurred, said co-owner Tony Zhang.

“I don’t even know what the hell happened out there,” Zhang said in a phone interview on Sunday morning. “Nothing happened inside. It was happening in the parking lot.”

There didn’t appear to be any problems inside the bar itself, Zhang said. He was working Saturday night, he said, but did not see the shooting.

Video posted on social media shows customers in the bar gathered around the window, and patrons can be heard saying they had been asked to produce identification for the police.

On the video, officers can be heard at times asking customers to remain calm as arguing breaks out.

Jarvis had been in and out of prison for much of the past two decades. In 1999, he was arrested for shoplifting, resisting arrest and attempting to escape from a hospital, where he was being treated for acute intoxication.

In a 2004 letter to a judge, Jarvis recounted a challenging childhood, one where he learned to mask personal pain with drugs and alcohol. A 2000 substance abuse evaluation revealed he had been using drugs and drinking since age 12, according to a profile of Jarvis that was part of 2013 Concord Monitor series on a New Hampshire prison gang.

In 2005, Jarvis was arrested for kicking two Claremont police officers.

In 2008, an attempt to arrest Jarvis ended with the death of his father. Jarvis was suspected of an assault and stealing a Nazi flag. Police went to execute an arrest warrant for Jarvis at the home of his father, Anthony Jarvis, in Charlestown.

The younger Jarvis surrendered to police, but Anthony Jarvis was shot and killed by a state trooper during a standoff in a trailer on the property. The elder Jarvis had fired a handgun as the trooper entered the trailer. And the trooper, who was struck in the thigh, returned fire, killing him.

Police identified Jesse Jarvis as a white supremacist who founded and was once president of the Brotherhood of White Warriors, New Hampshire’s only homegrown prison gang.

He and three other inmates are thought to have founded BOWW around 2010 at the Northern New Hampshire Corrections Facility in Berlin, N.H, the Monitor reported.

Asked about the gang in 2013 during a parole board hearing, Jarvis said that he had been “a child” when the group formed and had moved on.

“And at that time, I thought it was meaningful,” he said. “I have no concern with the people in BOWW or my membership in BOWW.”

More recently, Jarvis was listed as the administrator of an online white supremacist group.

When a Valley News reporter asked last month about the Facebook group, Jarvis responded in a message, “We must secure an existence for our race and a future for Aryan children!”

On Sunday, Jarvis’ friends described him as a generous person who often defended those around him.

“He truly was a great man who stood for those who couldn’t stand alone,” said Phil Mulvey, a lifelong friend of Jarvis’. “He was much more than the crazy racist many try to portray him as.”

Jarvis was the type of person who would give a stranger his last dollar, Mulvey said.

“We both had our trouble in life, but he was one of the best people I ever met,” said Andrew Conrad, who grew up in Claremont with Jarvis. “This is a real shame, nobody deserves to go out like this.”

New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval has scheduled an autopsy for 9 a.m. Monday morning. Police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to contact State Police Sgt. William Bright at 603-223-4381.

Tim Camerato can be reached at tcamerato@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.



Update: Jesse Jarvis’ death has been ruled a homicide.