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Aug 8, 2016 5:55 PM

Police still searching for weapon, stolen truck connected to Farmington shooting

FARMINGTON — Police are still searching for the weapon used in an overnight shooting, as well as a pickup truck that was reported stolen from the area around the same time.

About nine hours after the shooting, Nathan Douglas Foster, 20, turned himself into police. The shooting was reported at 154 Ridge Rd. in Farmington just before 12:30 a.m. on Monday.

According to police, an argument started between a small group of people outside the property, but it's unclear what the argument was about.

"It's my understanding they may have gone to a movie together and at some point on the ride home, a heated argument developed that kind of boiled over," said Jay Drury, chief of the Farmington Police Department.

Drury said Foster has been "transient" between Farmington and Pittsfield, but has recently spent more time than not at the Ridge Road home. He also said Foster has had run-ins with the department for minor offenses in the past.

"The house hasn't been on our radar at all, and we haven't had any real problems there," Drury said. "Mr. Foster is known to myself and this agency over the years, and it seems to be an unfortunate circumstance that he's gotten himself in to."

Police said Foster shot another man in the upper chest and shoulder area while they - and at least a few other individuals - were standing in the driveway of the property. The victim is being treated at a local hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

Shortly after the report of the shooting came in, a red Dodge pickup truck was reported as stolen from a neighbor's property. Police said it's highly likely that's the vehicle Foster used to leave the scene.

"I don't know if it was a crime of opportunity," Drury said. "There is a possibility that it's not related to this, however, they both happened very close and obviously he left the scene. We'll let the investigation lead us down that path to see if that is truly the case."

Neither the pickup truck nor the weapon Foster used have been located, though police did execute a search warrant at the property.

Police said the search produced several weapons, ammunition and drug paraphernalia, but it's still unknown if any of the items were connected to the shooting. They also found blood splatter and evidence consistent with what Foster and other witnesses told them.

Drury said he was relieved the incident came to the end it did.

"I'm glad it ended this way, and we didn't have to chase him down," he said. "I feel very confident that with him coming forward that he did the right thing."

Foster is charged with attempted murder and will be arraigned in Dover District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

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