New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, and Gorham Police Chief P.J. Cyr announce that a homicide investigation has begun in Gorham, New Hampshire. An arrest has been made in connection with this murder.
At 6:40 PM last night Gorham Police officers were inside the police station at 20 Park Street, Gorham when they heard gunshots. Responding on foot to Main Street, they discovered 27 year old Michael Welch suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Welch was lying on the sidewalk in front of Gorham Common Park.
Officers were immediately directed to a man leaving the scene. The man was identified as 25 year old Christopher Drouin of Gorham. Drouin was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Welch with a handgun.
Drouin has also been charged with attempted murder for shooting at 30 year old John Gillespie who was with Welch at the time of the incident.
The defendant’s arraignment is expected to take place around 3:00 p.m., on April 7, 2015, at the 1st Circuit Court – District Division Court in Berlin, New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire State Police and Gorham Police Department continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding Michael Welch’s death. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sergeant Brian Strong of the State Police Major Crime Unit at 223-8568.