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Nov 4, 2015 4:20 PM

UPDATE: Manchester shooting victim identified, neighbors blame drugs for violence


MANCHESTER - Police have identified the man shot outside his home on Granite Street Tuesday night as 37-year-old Michael Pittman.

READ: NH AG rules Manchester shooting a homicide, suspect still at large

Pittman's death is one of three shootings in the past two weeks in the Queen City, and neighbors say drug use is contributing to the city's violence.

"My heart goes out to all his family, his wife and his kids and everyone that loved him," said Nicholas McKenny, a family friend. "He was a good guy, a happy guy that loved life."

Debbie Brazee, a neighbor, told NH1 News it was only a matter of time before violence reached Granite Street.

“All drug activity," Brazee said. "You see cars pulling up here all hours of the day. There are people coming down and handing stuff to people in the cars and I’ve been seeing it for two years."

One neighbor who did not want to be identified said he saw three men, wearing hoods pull up to the home on Tuesday night, five or six gunshots were heard and then the men took off.

Neighbors say they saw one of them losing his weapon a block away. But police have yet to make an arrest.

Neighbors believe drugs in the neighborhood are to blame.

“It's sad its crazy with the heroin epidemic, I guess, or whatever,” said Brazee.

An autopsy was being conducted on Wednesday, no word yet on the results.

We were told by neighbors that Pittman leaves behind two children and his wife.


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