Gun info may shed light on incident

  • Jaffrey police are still investigating a shooting that took place over the weekend. Monday, June 13, 2016. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

  • Jaffrey police are still investigating a shooting that took place over the weekend. Monday, June 13, 2016. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

  • Proctor Road at Harkness Street was still closed off Sunday afternoon. (STAFF PHOTO BY MICHELE NUTTLE/MONADNOCK LEDGER-TRANSCRIPT)

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:52PM

Jaffrey police continue to gather information as they work to construct a narrative for Saturday’s shooting on Proctor Road.

There’s a victim and there’s a gun. But not much else.

Police Chief Bill Oswalt said he has yet to interview Jason D. Conety, 42, who remains in Eliot Hospital in Manchester.

“[That interview] is an important part of the investigation because we want to know his side of the story,” said Oswalt. “But first and foremost, his health is a primary concern for us.”

Conety was last listed in stable condition.

Police were initially called to Proctor Road at 3:11 p.m. Saturday for a motor vehicle accident, after receiving reports of an adult male covered in blood walking unsteadily in the road. When police arrived on scene, they realized that Conety had been shot. The street was closed off, and a SWAT team, including the Bearcat from Keene, were called to the scene.

A weapon, recovered Sunday from a swampy area near where Conety was found, has been turned over to US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Police are awaiting results of tests conducted on the weapon.

Police recovered the firearm with the help of the Jaffrey Fire Department.

Oswalt said the gun is currently being processed to learn who the owner is, so police can determine whether it had a role in the shooting. There is no timeline on when police will learn the owner of the firearm, according to Oswalt.

“It really depends on the situation,” said Oswalt. “If the gun is a newer gun with one owner, we will hear back sooner, but if it is an older gun that has been transferred to multiple owners, then a chain will have to be followed.”

Police are presently working through a number of theories.

“It’s fair to say that multiple theories are still viable,” said Oswalt. “At this point, we don’t have a primary theory.”

Conety is employed by Dennis Wright, a painting contractor, who lives on Proctor Road near where the incident occurred. Oswalt said it would not be uncommon for Conety to visit Wright’s house to pick up or drop things off for site work.

On Monday, Oswalt said that one theory had been advanced, adding that it was a “sensitive one.” Oswalt said investigators have an idea about who the shooter may be, declining to elaborate further.

Police had closed Proctor Road during their investigation, reopening it on Monday morning. During the investigation, police asked a few residents to evacuate their homes to ensure their safety, but said there was no longer a threat to the community as of Monday morning.

New Hampshire State Police Troop C, and the Major Crimes unit are assisting Jaffrey police with the investigation.

Anyone with information about the investigation is requested to contact the Jaffrey Police Department through dispatch at 355-2000.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.