Cooperstown Police looking into racial motives for shooting

By By ANDREW DONOVAN

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Authorities are investigating whether race was a factor in the shooting at the Cooperstown Police Station, near the Baseball Hall of Fame, that left two teenagers injured Friday evening .

Police say that a white high school student chased a black classmate into the police station on Main Street, shot him and then shot himself in the chin when the only police officer on duty told him to put the weapon down. Police have not officially released the name of either person.

The Oneonta Daily Star identified the shooter as 16-year-old Anthony Pacherille and the victim as 16-year-old Wesley Lippitt.

Cooperstown Police Chief Diana Nicols says investigators may file a hate crime charge.

Chief Nichols said that while the incident was shocking in the small Village of Cooperstown, it could have been much worse, as one of the bullets went right through her own window at the police department.

Neither the shooter nor the victim suffered life threatening injuries, but both were sent to Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. Chief Nicols said both were "doing well."

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