Cooperstown police station shooting news conference canceled

By By ANDREW DONOVAN

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Cooperstown Police Chief Diana Nicols says Monday's press conference regarding the charges in the police station shooting has been canceled, per request of the Mayor.

Police Chief Diana Nicols would not release the charges beforehand but did say they will be formally announced at a press conference to be held at a later date.

Authorities are investigating whether race was a factor in the shooting at the Cooperstown Police Station, near the Baseball Hall of Fame, that left the shooter and a victim 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.

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