Cooperstown shooting makes headlines around the world

By By PAT BAILEY

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - A shooting in the middle of the Village of Cooperstown last Friday has grabbed the attention of the world.

From The New York Times to the Mumbai Mirror in India, a headline or blurb about the shooting can be found across the globe.

So what does that do for the image of the village, always known for baseball and beautiful scenery?

Cooperstown Mayor Joe Booan said that every community has bumps in the road, and this is just one of Cooperstown's bumps. On Monday, shortly after he was sworn into office, Booan assured residents that the village will always be a safe place to live. Booan said within the village he is confident that the community will pull together and support itself.

However, what about outsiders looking in? What will their thoughts be? Will last weeks shooting taint the image of a village that is known to be a quiet one?

Booan says he isn't sure.

"It is difficult to say," he said. "I don't have a crystal ball, but I know this village has had a long standing history of being a beautiful place and a beautiful place to work. I completely see that continuing in the future."

On Monday, Booan said he met with his staff and the village officials, to debrief them on the situation.

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.

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