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Cooperstown shooting suspect indicted on hate crime charges
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Cooperstown teen accused of shooting another in the Cooperstown Police Department has been indicted by a grand jury.
According to Otsego County Court, Anthony Pacherille, 16 now faces the following charges:
- 2nd degree attempted murder as a hate crime
- 1st degree attempted assault as a hate crime
- 2nd degree assault as a hate crime
- 1st degree use of a firearm
According to Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl,on April 2nd, Pacherille shot Wesley Lippitt, 16 with a .22 caliber rifle 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 then turned the gun on himself.
Cooperstown residents say they are still in disbelief.
Mary Gray is Anthony Pacherille's neighbor. She says he is a good hard-working hid and shooting someone is totally out of character
Gray says something, maybe bullying or harassment made him pull the trigger. "I see him go to school every day...I can't believe it! It is all out of his character," Gray says.
Residents say Cooperstown might be predomentaly white, but they do not think there is racial tension. "It's sad. I feel sorry for him," says resident John Schemn.
All of these charges are felonies. Pacherille is set to be arraigned on May 7th at 9:00 a.m. at the Otsego County Courthouse.