Charges in Cooperstown shooting could be filed by end of week

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Charges in last week's Cooperstown shooting could be officially filed by the end of the week, according to the Otsego County District Attorney.

According to Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl, Anthony Pacherille, 16, shot Wesley Lippitt, 16 with a .22 caliber rifle last Friday inside the Cooperstown Police Station.

Cooperstown Police Chief Diana T. Nicols said it all began when a car crashed into the iron gates just outside the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

From there, Pacherille, armed with the rifle got out of the crashed vehicle and chased Lippitt from the corner of Main and Fair Street to the front of the Main Street Police Station.

Police Chief Nicols said the teen, later identified as Lippitt, ran into the police station and was attempting to hide from Pacherille. Lippitt was then shot in the arm by the teen wielding the gun.

An officer who happened to be in the station to fill out paperwork, pulled his gun and ordered Pacherille to drop his weapon, at which point the shooter than turned the gun on himself.

Chief Nicols said the gun was secured as soon as it was dropped, and the scene was cleared. At that point, other officers were called to the scene, and the area was evacuated.

District Attorney Muehl said Pacherille is still in the hospital, but once released, he will be charged with second-degree attempted murder.

Both Pacherille and Lippitt are Cooperstown High School students.

Muehl said those charges could be filed as early as Thursday.

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