Victims, gunman identified in Newport shooting

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NEWPORT — Investigators have identified the victims in a shooting that took place this morning in Newport.

The deceased victim has been identified as Kevin Atkins, 38, of Newport.

The injured victim is identified as Atkins’ wife, Nicole Atkins, 29, also of Newport.

Police say she suffered gunshot wounds to the neck and chest and is reported to be stable at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

According to police, the initial investigation indicates the perpetrator is Paul Brown, 51, of Newport.

Authorities say evidence indicates Brown shot Kevin and Nicole Atkins before fatally shooting himself early Monday morning inside a home on School Stree in downtown Newport.

The investigation is ongoing, and police say they are working to determine what may have precipitated the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the state police in Derby at 802-334-8881 or Newport police at 802-334-6733.

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