MANCHESTER — Police have found a handgun they believe was used in an apparently random shooting Monday night on Somerville Street that sent a woman to the hospital with a gunshot to her left leg.
Police information officer Lt. Maureen Tessier said detectives conducting a line search in the area of the shooting found a .40 caliber Sig Sauer P229 Elite handgun in the yard of a Somerville Street address near the shooting scene.
Thomas Landry, 25, of 759 Somerville St., has been charged with firing a handgun into a car that had slowed when he stepped out into Somerville Street, near Hall Street, at about 11 p.m. Monday.
The bullet went through the lower left leg of a passenger in the car, Josephine Otim, who was listed in good condition at the Elliot Hospital late Wednesday.
Landry’s girlfriend told police that Landry, who has a permit for a concealed handgun, had a handgun in a holster in the small of his back when they went out to a bar Monday night. She also told them she watched from the side of the street at Landry approached the vehicle, drew his handgun, pointed it at the vehicle and fired once.
Landry, who told police he suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of military deployments, was found hiding on the property of 726 Somerville St., shortly after the incident.
Police found a .40 caliber shell casing in the road just east of 637 Somerville St. and a leather and plastic holster for a Sig Sauer 229 semi-automatic handgun in the area where Landry was found shortly after the incident, but no gun was found at that time.