New Hampshire ‘road rage’ incident ends in shooting, police say

Joseph Brown, of Grafton, allegedly shot another driver in the abdomen.

A 38-year-old man was arrested Monday after he allegedly shot another motorist during an apparent road rage incident in New Hampshire, authorities said.

Joseph Brown. —New Hampshire State Police

Joseph Brown, of Grafton, was charged with first degree assault after police responded to the scene alongside Route 4 in Grafton around 3:15 p.m., according to a state police statement.

Officials said an initial investigation showed Brown was behind the wheel of a 2011 Ford Flex that was traveling north alongside a 2011 Ford Escape, driven by a 46-year-old Grafton man.

As the two vehicles were heading down the road, a confrontation broke out between the two men — although it is unclear why — which led to a minor collision on Route 4, police said.

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“Both vehicles pulled to the side of the road, and both drivers exited and continued their confrontation which turned into a minor physical assault,” authorities said in the statement. “After the assault concluded, Brown shot [the other man] in the abdomen with a handgun.”

The victim was brought to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he underwent surgery, police said. He is expected to survive.

Brown was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Grafton County Superior Court, officials said.