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N.H. father, son arrested in drug-related shooting of 17-year-old boy

Kurt Richardson and his son turned themselves in Wednesday.
Kurt Richardson and his son turned themselves in Wednesday. (Newport Police Department)

A man and his 18-year-old son are facing assault and drug charges after they were allegedly involved in a drug deal in Newport, N.H., in which a 17-year-old boy was shot in the chest, police said.

Kurt Richardson, 41, and Jordan Richardson, 18, both of Goshen, N.H., are expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of felonious use of a firearm and conspiracy to sell controlled drugs within a school zone. Kurt faces additional charges for reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and criminal solicitation of a minor. Jordan was additionally charged with first degree assault, Newport police said in a statement.

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The Richardsons turned themselves in at the Newport police station Wednesday around 5:12 p.m., police said.

Jordan Richardson
Jordan Richardson(Newport Police Department)

Officers responded to an area on Oak Street about a mile from Route 10 on Saturday around 2:20 p.m. after a witness called 911 reporting that there had been an altercation in which someone had been shot. Police arrived and found a 17-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the chest. The teenager was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment. He was in stable condition as of Thursday morning and was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

The initial 911 call was for a road rage incident, but a police investigation revealed that the shooting had occurred during a drug deal for THC, the main psychoactive molecule in marijuana. Police found a THC cartridge and marijuana flower at the scene on Oak Street, according to Newport Police Chief James Burroughs.

Jordan Richardson had allegedly shot the victim, who he knew from before the drug deal, Burroughs said.

“It’s not unusual to see families engaged in the illegal trafficking of drugs or stolen goods.” Burroughs said in a telephone interview. “Family members are often engaged in criminal activity together.”

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Police did not elaborate on the nature of the relationship between Jordan and the victim or how many shots were fired.

The incident was under investigation by Newport police, N.H. State Police, the Sullivan County Attorney’s office, and the N.H. Attorney General’s office. The incident remains under investigation, Burroughs said.


Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.