- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

GORHAM, N.H. (AP) - A Gorham man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a man was gunned down on the sidewalk in front of the town common in Gorham, right near the police station, the state attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

Police inside the station were in the midst of swearing in new officers when they heard the shots Monday night and ran to find 27-year-old Michael Welch suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. EMTs responded but Welch died before getting to a hospital, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati.

Police caught up with a man leaving the scene, identified as 25-year-old Christopher Drouin of Gorham. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and with attempted murder for shooting at another man with Welch, 30-year-old John Gillespie.

Agati said the three men were known to each other but a motive for the shooting is unclear.

Drouin was arraigned Tuesday and held without bail. A number listed for a Christopher Drouin in Gorham wasn’t working. A call after business hours to the public defender who represented him was not immediately returned.

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