NASHUA, N.H. — A man with a history of arrests on drug charges went on a shooting rampage in two communities, killing three men and critically wounding two before police shot him fatally, authorities said Thursday.
Three of the shootings occurred in a neighborhood where one resident said drugs are sold "all hours of the night."
Rafael Rodriguez, 38, was shot by an officer Wednesday night after shooting twice at the officer at a gasoline station, police said. Police said Rodriguez was putting gasoline in a car after driving from Nashua to Londonderry and back and shooting each of five men once in the head with a revolver.
Nashua Police Chief William Quigley said the shootings were apparently drug-related but he could not specify a motive.
Quigley said that by the time an officer encountered Rodriguez at the gas station, authorities had identified him as their suspect.
The officer tried to arrest him, but Quigley said Rodriguez fired two shots at him. He said the officer, whom he would not identify, was not hit.