School dismissals delayed as police search for Manchester, NH shooting suspect

Manchester Central High School students released after nearby standoff forced 9-hour lockdown

Manchester Central High School went into lockdown after a shooting suspect was at large in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday.

Manchester Police say they responded to Hanover Street around 11 a.m. Friday morning for a report of a man down.

The man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound and died from his injuries, while the suspect was at large after he was last seen running away from Hanover Street.

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The department announced they were actually searching for a potential suspect, with a SWAT team on scene around 12:54 p.m.

Later Friday night, the department announced an arrest warrant for 26-year-old Paul Dimick for the murder of 32-year-old Justin Lee.

Dimick is described as a white, 5-foot-6 man with blonde hair and blue eyes, and is considered armed and dangerous.

The Manchester School District announced at 2:52 p.m. that dismissals were delayed at Manchester Central High School because of police activity in the area.

The lockdown lasted for over nine hours.

"It was horrible, man. I was in the gym for seven hours," senior Manuel Flores said. "Hot in there."

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The district said all students were safe, but parents were urged not to go to the school due to an inability to pick up their children.

"I was brought to the nurse's office, I was having a panic attack," senior Sira Shaughnessy said.

Meanwhile, parents were left glued to their phones, not knowing what was next.

"You see everything on the news," one parent said. "You never think it's going to happen here."

The students were sent to Hillside Middle School to be picked up, being taken over on a school bus to be reunited with parents and loved ones.

"I'm just glad to be out, fresh air," freshman Devin Magarian said. "I've never been happy for fresh air in my life, to be honest."

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Posted by Manchester School District on Friday, September 7, 2018