Father, Son Arrested in Saturday Shooting of Teen in Newport

  • Kurt Richardson

  • Jordan Richardson

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 12/12/2018 7:09:47 PM
Modified: 12/12/2018 11:59:18 PM

Newport — Police have arrested and charged a father and son from Goshen, N.H., in connection with a shooting incident on Saturday in Newport that resulted in a teen being airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Jordan Richardson, 18, allegedly shot a 17-year-old around 2:20 p.m. on Oak Street during a drug sale transaction, Newport Police Chief Jim Burroughs said on Wednesday night.

Richardson’s 41-year-old father, Kurt Richardson, also was present during the altercation and had a gun but didn’t discharge it, Burroughs said. He did, however, engage in some “gun play,” according to Burroughs.

The juvenile, whose name has not been released, is listed in stable condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. The 17-year-old victim was reportedly taken by ambulance from the scene before being airlifted to DHMC.

The Richardsons both face charges of felonious use of a firearm and conspiracy to sell controlled drugs in a school zone, according to a news release issued on Wednesday evening.

The younger Richardson also faces a count of first-degree assault in connection with the shooting. The elder Richardson faces counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and criminal solicitation of a minor.

Immediately following the shooting, dispatch received 911 calls about a road rage incident that preceded the gunfire. Upon further review, officials determined the altercation between the men was not a random act of road rage but connected to the sale and purchase of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, the release says.

Police arrested the Richardsons on Wednesday. They were being held without bail pending arraignment on Thursday afternoon in Sullivan Superior Court in Newport.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Shawn Skahan at 603-223-8494 or Newport Police Lt. Charles Rataj at 603-863-3232.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.

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