Manchester man stable after shooting

MANCHESTER - A Manchester man is in "critical but stable condition" following a shooting that took place Sunday evening near the upper roundabout close to Shaw's, according to the Manchester Police Department.

Donald Gardner, 27, was shot in the chest around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. He was then taken to the Manchester Police Department by his friend, Bill Nichols, who Gardner had called soon after the shooting took place.

"He is going to live," said Manchester Police Chief Michael Hall. "He is in critical but stable condition and at this point we are hopeful that we will have the opportunity to discuss exactly what took place."

"At this point it is still under investigation," added Hall. "We are still processing the crime scene."

Hall said members of the Manchester Police Department and a Vermont State Trooper immediately rendered aid once Gardner arrived at the police department until the Manchester Rescue Squad arrived on the scene.

The rescue squad transported Gardner to the Southern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington and he was then airlifted to Albany Medical Center.

Manchester Police, with the assistance of Vermont State Police and detectives from the Shaftsbury barracks, are still conducting an investigation.

"What I can tell you now is we are in possession of some evidence that we are hopeful to have processed as soon as we can to give us a clear indication as to what direction we go with this," said Hall. "The indications are that [Gardner] is alleging that he was shot somewhere near the roundabout up near Shaw's then he called his friend Bill Nichols who gave him a ride to the police department here where he was treated. He was then taken to Bennington and then transferred to Albany."

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Manchester Police at 362-2121.

In a press statement released Monday afternoon, hall said the investigation would be continuing.

Throughout the day police continued to search the area where the shooting is believed to have taken place. Police have interviewed additional individuals and obtained more information which is problematic in establishing the event as described by the victim, according to the statement.

More information will be available upon the completion of forensic analysis and a further interview with Gardner. At the present time Manchester Police do not have any reason to believe that residents are at risk, police said.


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