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Man arrested after he allegedly shoots, kills man, woman in Nashua, N.H.

Victor Rivera was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly shooting the victims Friday night.

Police arrested a 47-year-old man after he allegedly shot and killed two people in a Nashua, N.H., parking lot on Friday night, according to the New Hampshire attorney general’s office.

Victor Rivera, of Nashua, was arrested on two counts of second-degree murder Saturday morning for “knowingly causing the deaths” of a man and a woman, and alternatively, on two second-degree murder charges for “recklessly causing the deaths . . . under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life,” Attorney General John M. Formella’s office said in a statement Saturday evening.

His office announced Rivera’s arrest in a statement earlier Saturday.


At around 10:30 p.m., the Nashua Police Department responded to calls reporting gunshots at a parking lot on Maple Street, where officers found a man and a woman, later identified as Matthew Champagne, 44, of Manchester, N.H., and Patricia Swett, 45, of Nashua, dead from apparent gunshot wounds, Formella’s office said.

Formella’s office said that Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mitchell Weinberg completed autopsies Saturday on Champagne and Swett. Both of their deaths were determined to be homicides caused by multiple gunshot wounds, the statement said.

Rivera is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court – Southern District.

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