CONWAY MAN CHARGED IN SHOPPING CENTER SHOOTING

by Christian Mower on August 30, 2012

CONWAY POLICE SAY A 31-YEAR-OLD CONWAY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN CONNECTION WITH A LATE NIGHT SHOOTING OVERNIGHT WEDNESDAY IN CONWAY.

CHIEF ED WAGNER SAYS EUGENE WILLIAM MENARD, WHO’S ADDRESS IS LISTED AS BEING A MOTEL ROOM AT 379 WHITE MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY (ROUTE 16), WAS ARRESTED LATE THURSDAY MORNING.

POLICE GOT WORD OF THE INCIDENT VERY EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WHEN 23-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM A. BURKE OF 147 CHURCH ST., BERLIN (NEW HAMPSHIRE) REPORTEDLY WALKED INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OF A NORTH CONWAY HOSPITAL WITH A NON LIFE THREATENING GUNSHOT WOUND.

BURKE HAS SINCE BEEN TRANSFERRED TO MAINE MEDICAL CENTER IN PORTLAND. HIS CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN.

WAGNER SAYS OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE HOSPITAL TO QUESTION BURKE AND BELIEVE BURKE WAS SHOT IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE CONWAY SHOPPING CENTER AT 234 WHITE MOUNTAIN HIGHWAY, SEVERAL BLOCKS DOWN ROUTE 16 FROM WHERE MENARD LIVES.

WAGNER DECLINES TO RELEASE FURTHER DETAILS OF THE INVESTIGATION – INCLUDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE SHOOTING OR WHY POLICE BELIEVE MENARD DID IT.

THE CLASS A FELONY CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED MURDER CARRIES A POTENTIAL SENTENCE OF LIFE IN PRISON. MENARD IS ALSO CHARGED WITH A CLASS B FELONY OF FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, COMMITTING CRIMES WHILE OUT ON BAIL AND VIOLATION OF BAIL.

ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE IS ASKED TO CALL CONWAY POLICE AT (603) 356-5715 OR THE ANONYMOUS TIP LINE AT 1-800-448-2847.