Malden, Mass. Man Charged After Allegedly Firing Gunshots, Sending 2 Schools into Shelter-In-Place - NBC10 Boston

Malden, Mass. Man Charged After Allegedly Firing Gunshots, Sending 2 Schools into Shelter-In-Place

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    Mass. State, Local Police Respond to Gunshot Near School

    Massachusetts State Police assisted local police with a report of a single gunshot heard near Stoneham High School on Wednesday afternoon.

    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    A 52-year-old man from Malden, Massachusetts, is being charged after he allegedly fired multiple rounds of gunshots in a wooded area of Stoneham Wednesday, causing two nearby schools to enter into a shelter-in-place.

    Stoneham Police are charging the man, whose name was not released, with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, improper storage of a firearm, violation of a town bylaw relating to the discharge of a firearm, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.

    Massachusetts State Police assisted local police Wednesday after authorities received several 911 calls for a report of gunshots.

    Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre said when officers arrived to the area of Karen Drive, three men were running in a backyard.

    "A person carrying a bag, another person had a target stand, another person was running in the yard and it looked like they were trying to hide items in a garage and shed," McIntyre said.

    When asked what they were doing, the men initially did not tell police the truth. McIntyre said they later admitted to firing rounds into a tree.

    "After a period of time, the presence of state police, Stoneham Police, the Airwing, some K9s, may have helped the involved parties admit their involvement in a little target practice behind the house. And they shot some rounds into a tree," McIntyre said.

    School Superintendent John Macero said the shelter-in-place that had been in effect at Colonial Park Elementary School and Stoneham High School was later lifted.

    He said the schools were asked by police to enter a shelter-in-place as a precaution due to the police activity near the school.

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