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Seabrook shooting range closed after bullet hits Kensington business

Union Leader Correspondent

March 07. 2018 12:46PM
This bullet allegedly fired from a nearby shooting range broke a window at CP Building Supply in Kensington. (Courtesy)

KENSINGTON — A local shooting range owned by the town of Seabrook has been shut down after a stray bullet struck a window at CP Building Supply.

Police Chief Scott Sanders briefed selectmen Monday night on the incident on Feb. 17 that raised safety concerns at the range off Route 107 and prompted a criminal investigation.

“It had the potential to be a very serious situation. We’re thankful no one was injured,” he said.

CP Building Supply employee Kevin Schulz said the bullet hit an upstairs window to a conference room at the business, which is located at 268 Amesbury Road and is about 1,000 feet away from the shooting range.

Two yard workers heard shots being fired and then heard something hit the building, but they weren’t sure where the bullet struck, Schulz said.

The incident was reported to police.

Workers later found the bullet on Feb. 19 between two panes of glass at the rear of the building, Schulz said. The bullet broke through one pane and appears to have ricocheted off the second pane, he said.

Sanders said his department worked with Seabrook police and the state Fish and Game Department and determined that bullets were fired in the direction of the business.

Seabrook Town Manager Bill Manzi said the range is used by the public as well as police.

He said Seabrook officials are working cooperatively with Kensington on the matter and has the “highest confidence” in Sanders and his investigation.

The incident is being investigated as a crime because the bullet was fired in a direction that “grossly deviated” from where they’re supposed to be shot at the range, he said.

“It would be negligent at a minimum. It was not a safe direction,” Sanders said. “If we’re able to determine who had been doing the shooting at that time we will be looking to charge them.”

Sanders asked that the range be closed during the investigation and remain shut down until officials from both towns can come up with a long-term solution.

Manzi said he’s working with Seabrook Police Chief Michael Gallagher, who will make some recommendations on safety and operations that can be presented to selectmen.

“The range will remain closed pending that review,” he said.

Schulz said it’s not the first time that a stray bullet has been found. He claims another one was discovered on the pavement last summer.

Manzi said he’s not aware of past complaints but is looking into them on behalf of Seabrook selectmen.

Despite the recent incidents, Schulz said that “as long as they’re able to increase the security it won’t be much of a concern from our end.”

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