Claremont juvenile shot during confrontation with robbery suspect, one arrested

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CLAREMONT — A Claremont youth was shot early Sunday after confronting a man allegedly committing a theft from a vehicle.

Police responded to a disturbance call with shots fired on Front Street around 4:44 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found a juvenile, identified only as BP, with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder.

BP, who was on his way to work, had encountered a man inside another vehicle and attempted to intervene.

During the altercation, the suspect fired multiple rounds from a stolen gun, striking BP.

The victim was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and is currently in stable but serious condition.

Claremont Police, assisted by a K-9 unit, canvassed the area and recovered physical evidence, including the weapon used and a duffle bag filled with stolen items.

Surveillance footage helped pinpoint the suspect’s escape route and description.

Later that day, police arrested 24-year-old Jared Strickland of Claremont, NH, linking him to the shooting.

Strickland faces charges of 1st Degree Assault, Robbery, Criminal Mischief (Felony), Theft (Class-A Felony), Falsifying Physical Evidence, and Receiving Stolen Property.

It is alleged that Strickland committed these offenses while out on bail.

The investigation remains active, and further charges or arrests are anticipated.

Authorities urge anyone with information to contact Det. Sgt. Trevor Dickerman at 603-542-7010 or use the Claremont Police anonymous tip line at 603-542-7026.

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