Shooting In Rochester Ruled A Homicide

ROCHESTER, NH – Authorities have released the name and results of an autopsy on a woman who was shot and killed in Rochester Yesterday. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald’s office said that the State medical examiner determined that 24-year-old Billy Jo Ahearn, of Rochester, died from a single gunshot wound and her death was ruled a homicide.

Rochester police said they were originally called to South Main Street at about midnight Wednesday for a reported shooting involving two groups of people. When officers arrived they found three adults, including Ahearn, who was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Ahearn was transported to a local hospital, where she later died.

Investigators would not say how many people were believed to be involved in the shooting.

Last night divers from New Hampshire Fish and Game assisted Rochester police and searched the Cocheco River behind the district courthouse.

Rochester police also searched a home on Lafayette St., and while investigators wouldn’t confirm whether the search was related to the shooting, residents told WMUR-TV it was.