NH man tells police girlfriend shot him days after blaming it on a robber
ALLENSTOWN — A woman has been arrested after her boyfriend casually told officers that she shot him three days after saying it was someone else.
Rebecca Manning, 28, of Allenstown, was arrested Wednesday morning for felony reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, second-degree assault and criminal threatening after police said she shot her boyfriend Elijah Gross.
Police responded to the report that Gross had been shot in the leg on July 7 at 6:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found him sitting on the porch of his Allenstown home holding his right thigh, which was wrapped in a towel.
Gross told police that he had been shot, and when they asked for him to describe the incident, he told police that a man, possibly a teenager, had come from behind him while he was walking his dog on River Road and attempted to steal his wallet, according to the affidavit. He said the man then shot him in the leg and ran off.
He then said that he called Manning to come pick him up and that she brought him home.
Gross told police that he didn't believe that he knew the man who shot him.
Officers that responded had said that the man Gross described to police had not been seen as they were responding to the incident. Residents in the area of the alleged incident were questioned and none of them reported hearing the sounds of a fight or a gunshot. No signs of a struggle, blood or shell casings were found in the area, the affidavit states.
When police questioned Manning at the Allenstown home she was uncooperative and did not want to answer the officer's question as to whether she had picked gross up and drove him back, the affidavit states. Manning eventually, reluctantly, told police that she had not picked him up, did not know who did or if she saw him get dropped off at the house or not, according to the affidavit.
Gross was taken to the hospital where police asked him to describe the incident again. This time he told police that the man had come from in front of him, not from behind as originally stated. He then said the man showed him the gun and that he grabbed it to avoid being shot and that is when the gun went off, the affidavit states.
According to court documents, investigators discussed whether anyone had searched Manning's car to see if there was evidence of her having given Gross a ride.
Investigators did a brief visual search of the car in the parking lot after Manning had arrived at the hospital. They found that there was a large amount of blood in plain view on the passenger seat of the car as well as on the outer passenger side and part of the hood. The car was taken back to Allenstown as evidence.
When police informed Manning that her car was being seized, she asked to talk to her lawyer.
As police brought the car into evidence, an officer looked the car over briefly and noted that there was blood spatter on the roof of the passenger side of the car as well as a hole in the passenger seat suggesting that Gross had been shot while sitting in the car.
On Sunday, Gross' mother told police that she had received a message from Manning saying Gross had been shot with a .45.
On Monday, Gross went to the Allenstown Police Department to talk to police more about the incident. While he was standing outside, an officer came out and spoke with him when he said that he didn't want Manning to shoot him again, according to the affidavit.
The officer asked him to clarify that statement as the shooting was reported as a robbery by an unknown male.
"She shot me, you must have known that by now," Gross replied in reference to Manning, the affidavit states.
He was again interviewed formally by police where he told them that he had been told by friends that Manning had begun using drugs again. When he approached her to talk about what he was told, they went for a drive. The two had been together for seven years.
On that drive, Gross said that she admitted to a number of things that resulted in him wanting to end the relationship. When Gross told Manning that he wanted her out of the house and that he was breaking up with her she pulled a .45 caliber handgun on him, the affidavit states.
Gross said he grabbed the gun, pushed it down and the gun went off. They then drove home and called 911.
A search warrant was issued that same day for Manning's car and the evidence inside confirmed what police had been told. The bullet was found lodged in the passenger side door and a shell casing was sitting on the seat, police said.
Manning was held on $5,000 cash bail and was arraigned in Merrimack County Superior Court on Thursday.