Assault Investigation at Portsmouth Parking Garage

August 26, 2023

At 12:52 A.M. on the morning of August 26th, 2023, the Portsmouth Police Department responded to an assault involving multiple people in the area of Hanover Street.  The assault occurred between the Portsmouth Gaslight and the Portsmouth Parking Garage on Hanover Street. 

Initial information from on-scene accounts is that the confrontation began upstairs at the Gaslight Night Club with a group of males yelling at the victim male and the group he was with.  Additional witnesses advised that once the victim was outside the Gaslight, the group of males assaulted the victim by the entrance of the Parking Garage on Hanover Street.  The victim was able to get away from the group after being assaulted and went into the parking garage.  At least one of the members of the assailant group continued into the parking garage in pursuit of the male victim. 

According to eyewitness testimony, the male victim continued walking away in the Parking Garage and then attempted to climb onto the rail of the parking garage.  While climbing over the rail he then fell off the parking garage to the sidewalk below on Hanover Street.  The male was immediately transported to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The Medical Examiner and the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office are working with the Portsmouth Police Department Investigative Division to further investigate this case.  The Portsmouth Police Department is asking for assistance from anyone who may have witnessed the assault or fall or may have video in the areas of the incident.  Please contact Dave Keaveny, Captain of the Investigative Division at 603 610-7511 with any relevant information.  Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.    

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