Man charged in Somerville Street shooting had permit for pistolStaff Report
July 16. 2013 7:50PM
MANCHESTER — The man accused of walking up to a stranger's car Monday night and wounding a passenger in the leg has a valid concealed weapon permit.
Police Lt. Maureen Tessier said Thomas Landry, 25, of 759 Somerville St., applied for a concealed weapon permit in August 2012, citing personal safety and defense as the reason.
In court documents, Landry wrote that prior to living with his family in Manchester for the past year, he was based at U.S. Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for six years.
Landry also said in his application for a court-appointed attorney that he is disabled and receives monthly VA benefits.
Court documents show Landry told police when they spoke with him while investigating the shooting that he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder due to multiple military deployments.
Tessier was unable to confirm Landry's military service Tuesday, saying that was not a top priority for investigators.
Landry's criminal record consists of a misdemeanor conviction for driving while intoxicated, which is not an issue in obtaining a pistol/revolver permit needed to transport a handgun in a vehicle or carry it concealed.
No license is needed for open carry of a handgun.
The gun is still missing, police said.
A rifle and a magazine for a Sig Sauer P229 .40 caliber handgun and a magazine holder were found with a duffel bag in a bedroom at Landry's residence, according to court documents.
Landry did not need to mention PTSD in the concealed pistol permit application, which only asks for details if the applicant has been "adjudicated as a mental defective by a court or committed by a court to any mental institution."