Gun in Boscawen shooting linked to Belmont home invasion

  • Police tape adorns the front yard of 1 Corn Hill Road in Boscawen after a shooting on Sunday, Jan. 21. Police Chief Kevin Wyman said the investigation is ongoing and the victim has not been identified. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

  • Boscawen police Chief Kevin Wyman talks on the phone at 1 Corn Hill Road in Boscawen on Monday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2018, a day after a reported shooting. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A gun used in an accidental shooting in Boscawen last month was stolen during a home invasion in Belmont that same day, police said.

No arrests have been made in connection to the home invasion, according to Belmont Lt. Richard Mann. Police were in the process of obtaining a warrant for one suspect linked to the incident.

Investigations into both incidents are ongoing, and police said their work has been slowed as they weighed evidence and waded through conflicting stories and false names from people involved.

Within days of the Jan. 21 shooting, Boscawen police determined it to be accidental. However, this week police provided a fuller picture of what transpired that day, including the names of multiple people arrested on unrelated warrants.

A police account of the Belmont home invasion started with officers responding to a report of three strangers breaking into a resident’s home on Route 106. They beat him and forced him to open a safe with firearms inside, which they stole, according to the police report.

Hours later, as police in Boscawen responded to a car accident, a person came from the home at 1 Corn Hill Road seeking help for someone who had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, according to reports.

The circumstances that led to the shooting took days to sort out, but police eventually determined that a 29-year-old man, who has not been identified, accidentally shot himself in the leg in the home’s driveway, Boscawen police Chief Kevin Wyman said.

It was later determined that the firearm used in the shooting had been stolen during a Belmont home invasion still under investigation, according to a press release from the Boscawen Police Department.

In addition, the investigation into the shooting revealed several of the 13 people living on the property were being sought by state police for various charges including probation violations and theft, Wyman said. Police made four arrests that day on outstanding warrants.

Justin Santagati, 35, of Manchester was charged with resisting arrest after police said he exchanged bites with a K-9 police dog in a trailer behind the home. He was hiding under blankets and would not respond to requests for him to come out, police said.

Matthew Gedney, 35, of Goffstown was also hiding in the trailer. Santagati, Gedney, and two other subjects – James Adams, 25, of Dover, and Jessica Evans, 32, who was listed as homeless – were transported to the Merrimack County Department of Corrections that day.

Boscawen is in the process of working with state police to investigate other suspects who were living at the residence that were linked to crimes across the state. 

(Leah Willingham can be reached at 369-3322, lwilling ham@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)