Brighton Judge Patricia Bernstein agreed with a request from Suffolk County prosecutors to set bail at $100,000 for Andrea Massa, currently of Marshfield, on charges related to the two guns loaded with hollow-point bullets and two magazines full of more of the bullets ne allegedly tried to bring into the BU commencement yesterday.
Should Massa, scion of a Scituate family whose company makes military sonar devices, make bail, he will also have to wear a GPS monitor, surrender any guns he has and stay away from college campuses, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office, authorities are now also moving to rescind Massa's license to carry concealed firearms for target practice and hunting because of the incident that started on Harry Agganis Way, near Nickerson Field.
A Boston University Police officer stopped Massa at the security checkpoint area and asked another officer to screen him with a metal detector. Massa - who was dressed entirely in black with military-style pants, a zippered sweatshirt, and scarf - allegedly objected to the security screening process loudly and abruptly, drawing the attention of students, guests, and officers. He turned and began to walk away while apparently texting on his phone.
Concerned for the safety of those at the event, officers stopped him on Commonwealth Avenue and observed a bulge in the rear of his waistband. That bulge turned out to be the first of two loaded handguns recovered from his person. Officers also recovered the two spare magazines from a pouch on his belt and his license to carry from a wallet strapped to his wrist.
Massa was formally charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm on school grounds, disturbing a school, disturbing a public assembly, and violation of a firearm license restriction. It is illegal in Massachusetts to bring a gun on a school campus without the school's consent.