The home at 643 Whitefield Road in Dalton, N.H., was roped off in yellow police crime tape Thursday night. That's where the New Hampshire Attorney General's office says two men were killed and a third injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon.
"The only thing I can say is it's not an everyday occurrence it's something that is serious in nature," Dalton Police Chief Mario Audit said.
The injured man is hospitalized with apparent gunshot wounds.
The state's sex offender registry lists two offenders at the address where the shooting took place, Wayne Ainsworth, 54, and Joseph Besk, 48. Both were convicted of aggravated felonious sexual assault and are reportedly married to each other. Authorities would not confirm if those two men were involved in the shooting and would not release the names of the victims.
"It just basically hones the fact that we have a lot of work ahead of us to investigate what has happened with the assistance of the state police," said Audit.
Audit says the town of fewer than 1,000 people has not seen an incident like this in at least 20 years.
"I have two kids so that makes it a little scary," said Tanya Corliss, who lives down the road from the scene in Whitefield. She says she chose to live in the area to avoid crime, "One I stay here because I don't want to be in the city where there is all this crime, two I want my kids to be able to be safe and feel safe and how are they going to do that if things like this keep going on."
The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is handling the specifics of the investigation. WCAX attempted to reach out to individuals from that office multiple times Thursday night for comment but was unsuccessful. Autopsies are being scheduled.
Police say while the investigation is ongoing there is no reason to believe the public is in any danger.