Oct 26, 2016 3:08 PM

NH man indicted on attempted murder, assault charges in Farmington shooting


DOVER — A Pittsfield man has been indicted after shooting an acquaintance in the chest this summer.

Nathan Foster, 20, is charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault after he shot Austin Downs in the shoulder and chest area, according to The Union Leader. The shooting happened just after midnight on Aug. 8 outside a house on Ridge Road in Farmington.

READ: New details revealed about Farmington shooting, suspect held without bail

Downs' account of the night describes how Foster, Downs, and four other people were at the house at the time of the shooting. One of them was Courtney Gordon, Foster's girlfriend and the owner of the home. Downs alleged Foster "had been acting aggressively" toward one of the females at the house before the two men started arguing. He claims Foster was waving around a handgun during the argument.

Shortly after, Downs said Foster aimed the weapon at his chest and fired one shot.

During the investigation, police seized a large amount of evidence from the home where the fight occurred, including a rifle, a .40 caliber handgun and two bongs used to smoke marijuana. They also found crumpled up $1 and $5 bills near the house that smelled like pot, the UL reports.

If convicted, Foster could be sentenced to life in prison.

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