Officials in Manchester, New Hampshire report a man and a child were found dead at the YWCA in Manchester on Sunday, August 11 in an apparent murder-suicide. At approximately 10:30 a.m., police and emergency services rushed to the YWCA at the intersection of Chestnut and Concord after a report of shots fired inside of the building.
The police and SWAT team surrounded the building with guns drawn. Upon entering, the SWAT team found the bodies of two people, a man and child, in the office area. Police Chief, David Mara, said others were in the building at the time, but would not say whether anyone had witnessed the shooting. At approximately, the bodies have not been removed from the building, and reported at the scene are possible family members seated inside a police officer’s car.
Currently, there is no public safety threat, polices report. Victory Park was evacuated and several streets were closed in the area. Mara said the scene should return to normal Sunday afternoon. On Sundays the YWCA is open for supervised child visitation and custody exchanges. There is no information as to whether these circumstances warranted the shooting. The YWCA also has several residential units in the building. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and the Manchester Police Department are investigating.
By: Kimberly M. Scott