News Item: Raymond man sought for city slaying
(Category: Biker News)
Posted by ace
Monday 26 June 2006 - 21:02:33

MANCHESTER – Moments before his death early yesterday morning, a city man phoned a friend to say he had been shot, the victim's mother told the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Last night, a Raymond man was wanted on a second-degree murder charge for allegedly shooting John Denoncourt, 32, in the chest with a handgun.

"John had called his friend and said, 'Help, I've just been shot,' " Doris Denoncourt said. "His friend tried to get to him, but the guy had shot him even more. So when his friend arrived, John was already dead."

Authorities said Denoncourt was found dead around 1 a.m. He was lying on the edge of Somerville Street, about two blocks away from 3-Cousins Pizza and Lounge.

Police said witnesses identified the shooter as Christopher "Buster" Legere, 36, whose last known address is 16 Long Hill Road in Raymond. They believe the shooting occurred outside 3-Cousins at 137 Wilson St.

Legere's whereabouts were unknown last night. Police said he is to believed to be armed and dangerous.

The murder weapon had not been recovered.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Will Delker said detectives were investigating what motivated the shooting. He said authorities were also trying to determine whether Legere and Denoncourt knew each other.

"There's a connection between the bar and the events. Some of the witnesses had been at the bar," said Assistant Attorney General Peter Odom. "Exactly what happened is still under investigation."

An autopsy determined Denoncourt died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The state Attorney General's Office has deemed the incident a homicide.

Yesterday, Doris Denoncourt said she was convinced, based on evidence provided by a witness, that her son was killed by a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.

"They call themselves bikers," she said while sitting on her front stoop yesterday. "They don't even have bikes. They have guns."

Odom declined to respond to Denoncourt's assertion. Attempts to reach management at 3-Cousins yesterday were unsuccessful.

Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots in the area early yesterday morning. Though investigators have declined to discuss the number of shots fired, Doris said she was told her son was shot once in the stomach and "a couple of times" in the chest.

"I'm just so in shock from this," she said. "He was my only son."

Denoncourt grew up in Manchester and graduated from Central High School, his mother said. He had been self-employed as a contractor for about three years. His business, Brotech, offered roofing, siding and window installation, Doris said.

Denoncourt leaves behind a girlfriend, Tasha Beauchesne, and their 4-month-old daughter, Isabella. He also had another daughter named Amber, his mother said.

Buddy Langlois, a friend who was with Denoncourt Saturday night, said the evening began at a friend's 10th wedding anniversary party. Later, Langlois said, the group went to Wally & Bernie's, a downtown nightclub with a strict dress code.

Denoncourt, who was wearing a Hell's Angels shirt, was not allowed past the door, his friend said.

"He said, 'I'll meet you at another club,'" Langlois said.

Manchester Police have acknowledged that 3-Cousins is known to attract members of motorcycle gangs. The bar has been unofficially linked to the unsolved 1996 murder of Rosalie J. Miller, a prostitute who was known to frequent the bar.

Miller's brother, William, has said Miller was last seen leaving the bar and getting into a van with members of a motorcycle gang. Miller's body was found in the woods off the Londonderry Turnpike in Auburn.

Though he owned a motorcycle and loved to ride, Denoncourt was not a member of the Hell's Angels or any other gang, according to Langlois. Friends could not be sure if Denoncourt was still wearing the Hell's Angels shirt when he went to 3-Cousins.

The Outlaws and the Hell's Angels are long-standing rivals. A Web site for the Outlaws shows the group has two chapters in New Hampshire: one in Manchester and another in Raymond.

3-Cousins sits on the corner of Wilson and Somerville streets in the heart of a gritty, working-class center-city neighborhood. The area is home to triple-decker apartment buildings, the occasional storefront church and several small businesses.

"You see (customers) go out and get in a fight once in a while, but there's nothing like that (shooting)," said Butch Castle, a handyman who works in the area. "I never saw real violence in the place."

Union Leader

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