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December 13, 2012

Reported man with gun on I-93 may have had roof rack

Police out in force after motorists call during morning commute

LONDONDERRY — Reports of a man with an assault-style rifle in the median of Interstate 93 during the morning commute had police searching the highway and Route 102 for more than an hour yesterday.

“This gave us a little bit of a concern,” N.H. State Police Lt. Chris Wagner said.

But a commuter traveling from his home in Concord to work in Salem who saw a man walking along the highway, surmises the man was just retrieving part of a roof rack.

“There was no gun,” George Simon said.

Simon was concerned the man might get hit while walking on the highway during rush hour, so he called police. He was told by a dispatcher that other motorists had reported someone with a gun.

“I don’t know who called the police and said there was a man with a gun,” Simon said yesterday afternoon. “There definitely was not a gun.”

He said he remembered passing a gray or black sedan, possibly an Audi, with the back portion of the roof rack missing. He also saw a man in a business suit and a wool trench coat walking along the highway.

A state trooper later spoke with Simon and told him police are investigating.

State police Lt. Nicole Armaganian said troopers had not yet been able to confirm Simon’s man with the roof rack problem was the same subject others claimed had a gun.

But the trench coat is a common element between Simon’s description and what other callers told police.

Wagner said two callers described the subject as a white man with gray hair, wearing a black trench coat and carrying what looked like an assault style rifle.

Simon is convinced he knows what he saw, and is surprised no one else put together what happened and contacted state police.

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