Man indicted for reckless firearm use

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:8AM

A Peterborough man was indicted earlier this month by a Hillsborough County Grand Jury on the charge of felony reckless conduct in connection to a shooting at Riverview Apartments on March 10.

Erik Richardson, 22, of Peterborough was arrested March 11 by Peterborough police while he was being treated for a gunshot wound at Monadnock Community Hospital.

Police responded to Richardson’s apartment at Riverview Apartments at 10:45 p.m. March 10 for a report that a man shot himself in the leg. According to police there was evidence that alcohol was involved and the round shattered a window in the apartment. Police secured the firearm and Richardson was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Police charged him the next day with unauthorized use of a firearm and reckless conduct and released him on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.

Police Chief Scott Guinard said Wednesday that only one shot was fired by Richardson.

Guinard said the bullet went through Richardson’s leg. “The round then went into a sliding glass window in the direction of Harborside.”

When the Hillsborough County Grand Jury met in Manchester earlier this month they indicted Richardson on the reckless conduct charge.

The indictment alleges Richardson engaged in conduct which placed or many have placed the residents of Harborside Healthcare and/or Colonial Square in danger of serious bodily injury by mean of a deadly weapon by discharging a .45 Ruger handgun in the general direction of those residents.

The felony carries a penalty of three and a half to seven years prison and an up to $4,000 fine. 

An indictment is not a ruling of guilt or innocence, but is a ruling by a grand jury that there is enough evidence for a case to move forward to trial.