Construction worker faces attempted murder charge

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BRATTLEBORO — A construction worker from Mississippi faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot a fellow worker, also from Mississippi, in the parking lot of the Econolodge Motel Saturday evening.

Brattleboro Police Lt. Bob Perkins said that Emanuel R. Tenner III, 22, of Natchez, Miss., will be arraigned Monday in Brattleboro criminal court on charges of attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as reckless endangerment.

Perkins declined to identify the victim, who was put in a Brattleboro Police cruiser and driven the short distance to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. The man was later transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Perkins said he does not know the man's condition.

Perkins said the two men, who were in Vermont to work on a large construction project north of Brattleboro, knew each other. The injured man was shot in the torso, but Perkins said he doesn't know how many times the man was shot.

Windham County State's Attorney Kelly Tracy Shriver said the two men were working at the Interstate 91, Exit 6 bridge project in Rockingham.

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Police said they were in the Canal Street area on another investigation when they heard multiple gunshots coming from the area of the hotel, and they responded to the scene at about 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Perkins said there were several witnesses to the shooting, and that police had interviewed them, and would likely interview additional witnesses.

Tenner was arrested shortly after police got on the scene, and Perkins said a handgun, believed to be the weapon used in the shooting, was recovered.

Perkins said the victim was transported by police cruiser because police didn't want to wait to secure the scene enough to bring in Rescue Inc., and fire personnel, so the decision was made to place him in the cruiser and get him to the hospital as soon as possible. Rescue Inc., is next door to the shooting scene.

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The lieutenant said that detectives worked on the case throughout the night and would resume their investigation on Sunday.

Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Kelly Shriver referred all questions to the Brattleboro police.

Tenner is being held without bail pending his arraignment and is due in court at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Brattleboro Police at 802-257-7950.


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