Suicide attempter identified

by Charles Davant | 8/8/96 5:00am

Hanover Police has identified the man who shot himself in the chest on College property last Saturday as Randall Smith, a 41-year old Connecticut native.

As of last night, Smith was in critical condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Critical condition implies that vital signs are unstable and there are major complications, which could be fatal.

Smith shot himself in the chest in an apparent suicide attempt in his car at the College parking lot beside the Connecticut River on Saturday afternoon.

A Safety and Security officer responded to the event after being waved down by Smith.

Hanover Police Chief Nick Giaconne declined to comment on Smith's possible motives behind the shooting, calling any such talk "mere speculation."

Giaconne said Smith "has been living in his car for the last couple of years" and moving throughout New England.

Police have not yet determined why Smith came to Hanover, but a press release states that Smith "had relatives living in this area many years ago."

Smith was recently released from a hospital in Burlington, Vt., the release states.