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Police: Atkinson shooting followed food fight between father, son

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

August 21. 2017 12:42PM
Albert LaMonica at his video arraignment Monday morning on charges he shot his son during an argument. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

PLAISTOW — A 71-year-old Atkinson father allegedly shot his son while in the kitchen after the two argued about the amount of food in the house, police said.

Albert LaMonica was arraigned Monday morning on felony first-degree assault, domestic violence and reckless conduct charges alleging he shot his son, Christopher LaMonica, 45, in the stomach Friday afternoon at his 13 Newbury Drive home.

In an police affidavit, Officer Marc Melia said LaMonica told police he shot his son when he came at him during an argument and stated, “You going to shoot your own son, you son of a b----?”

“Albert explained that his son, Christopher, is a kickboxer and when his temper went off he sees red and was in fear of his life,” Melia wrote.

Christopher LaMonica suffered a single gunshot wound and was taken to Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Mass., with non-life threatening injuries.

At his video arraignment in Plaistow circuit court, Albert LaMonica told Judge Sharon DeVries that he recently allowed his son to move in because he needed a place to stay and that he wishes he hadn’t, because he “knew there would be trouble.”

“He is my son and I couldn’t let him stay in the street,” he said.

A former school bus driver, Albert LaMonica told police after the shooting that the argument began while the two were in the kitchen just before he was to leave for the grocery store.

“Christopher started to complain that there wasn’t any food in the house and said it was because of Albert eating all of it at night. Albert explained that Christopher is always cooking too much food. Instead of one meal, Christopher is cooking two to three meals at a sitting and Albert explained he was getting frustrated about it,” the affidavit said.

The argument escalated as Albert LaMonica told his son that he was no longer welcome at the house.

“Albert said this infuriated Christopher and he began to verbally yell and swear at him. Albert said that he didn’t want to deal with Christopher’s temper and decided to call the police. Albert explained that when he reached for the phone Christopher slapped him in the face,” the affidavit said.

At one point, Albert LaMonica told police, his younger son got in the middle of the fight and that Christopher grabbed him by the shirt and threw him across the floor.

Saying he was afraid of his son, he told police he pulled out a 9mm pistol that was holstered on his belt and yelled for Christopher to stop.

He eventually fired when he claimed his son came toward him.

Prosecutor Jill Cook said police seized several other firearms and knives from the residence but she declined to say whether they were legal.

LaMonica told the judge he’s 71, has a clean record and has never been in trouble with police.

“I might as well have a death sentence,” he said from the Rockingham County jail during his video arraignment.

LaMonica was ordered held on $5,000 cash or surety bail. If he posts bail, he will be allowed to return to his home but his son must stay away.

He is due back in court Sept. 1 for a probable cause hearing.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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