Taconic High School student arrested on campus, with gun, after shooting

PITTSFIELD — A Taconic High School student was arrested on campus on Monday while carrying a gun he allegedly had just used in a shooting in the city, police and school officials said.

The student, who has not been identified, left the school during second lunch period about 12:15 without a valid excuse, officials said.

About 15 minutes later, Pittsfield Police responded to a disturbance at a residence on Danforth Avenue, where officers found a adult male suffering from a gunshot wound to his hand. The name of the victim and his condition wasn't available Monday night.

Investigators quickly identified a Taconic student as the suspect and notified the school the student may have a weapon when he returns, according to schools Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless.

Taconic staff immediately ordered students and faculty to stay behind closed doors of their rooms as officers who arrived at Taconic placed the suspect in custody. Upon searching the student's backpack, police found a gun and he was immediately removed from campus, McCandless said.

No one was hurt at Taconic, and classes resumed after the student was arrested.

"This doesn't appear to be a student with a plan," McCandless said.

The student is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Central Berkshire Juvenile Court on several charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery, carrying a gun to school and having the weapon and ammunition without proper identification.

Due to the nature of the incident, the student was immediately suspended from school pending a district and police investigation.

"[He] violated school rules and district policy," the superintendent said.

Unlike Pittsfield High School, Taconic doesn't have an open lunch whereby students can leave to eat and return before their next class.

"I would like to thank the Pittsfield Police Department and the members of the community as well as our faculty and staff who acted swiftly with the best interest and safety of our students in mind," McCandless wrote in a email he sent to Taconic parents notifying of the incident.

Reach staff writer Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.


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