FPU student issued summons for target shooting on Mount Monadnock 

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/13/2019 1:52:54 PM

Police issued a summons to a Franklin Pierce University student who was allegedly target shooting on the peak of Mount Monadnock on Saturday morning.

Lawrence Bastianelli, 18, of Rocky Point, New York, was issued a summons charging him with target shooting on state property without a permit and discharging a firearm within 300 feet of a trail, Jaffrey Police Chief William Oswalt said in an interview Monday morning.

Police responded to the mountain at 6:05 a.m. on Saturday, after receiving reports of a man shooting on the peak. 

Bastianelli was with a group of students from Franklin Pierce University who had hiked the mountain early in the morning to watch the sunrise, Oswalt said. Police met with Bastianelli as he was coming off the mountain with an AR15 rifle and a .22 caliber rifle, Oswalt said.

“This is a bit unusual in our experience,” Oswalt said. “It was disturbing to people to hear shots on the mountain.”

Oswalt said police worked cooperatively with officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game to determine the charges.

“He was very cooperative, and stated that he had checked the website and found nothing prohibiting shooting, and a friend had told him it was allowed,” Oswalt said. “He had taken proper precautions such as setting up a backstop, but he can’t be doing that according to those statutes.”

Bastianelli was issued a court date of June 10 at 8:30 p.m. at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey. 


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. 


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