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Epping man arraigned in shotgun shooting

Union Leader Correspondent

December 15. 2011 12:39PM

BRENTWOOD - An Epping man is facing attempted murder and first-degree assault charges after he allegedly shot another man with a shotgun following a dispute outside a home Sunday night.

Tyler Locascio, 24, of 6 Jacobs Well Road, was ordered held on $25,000 cash/surety bail at his arraignment Thursday morning in 10th Circuit District Division Court in Brentwood.

The shooting occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday at a residence at 160 Mast Road in Epping.

Authorities said 24-year-old Shawn Eaton was shot during the incident and suffered wounds to his arms, chest and the back of his head. Eaton was treated at Exeter Hospital and released the next day.

Prosecutor Heather Newell said Locascio and Eaton are known to each other and described the shooting as a domestic-related incident.

'It appears there was a dispute that escalated,' she said after the arraignment.

Locascio is the son of former Epping firefighter Robert Locascio, who is due in court Friday to face unrelated charges that he was found in possession of marijuana and firefighting equipment he wasn't authorized to have. He is also accused of failing to return other gear after he was terminated from the department.

At Tyler Locascio's arraignment, Newell asked Judge Robert LaPointe to set bail at $50,000 cash/surety, arguing he poses a danger to Eaton.

'I think we have a duty to protect the public and Mr. Eaton from him,' she said.

But defense lawyer Dan Lustenberger argued for lower bail, saying Locascio isn't a flight risk and has no criminal history.

'My client adamantly denies these charges,' he said.

The judge agreed with the lower bail, but said he had concerns for the victim.

If he makes bail, Locascio was ordered to remain living at home with his father, have no contact with Eaton or witness Jackie Letourneau except through a third party, check in with the probation department daily, and avoid alcohol and drugs. He also is not allowed to possess dangerous weapons and must surrender firearms in his house.

'Don't make me look like a chump on this. Be careful with bail,' LaPointe said.

Letourneau attended the arraignment, but didn't have her own lawyer and declined to comment on the shooting. Newell said Letourneau is known to both men.

A probable cause hearing is set for Dec. 21.

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