Update: Teen Charged In Massena 'Shots Fired' Incident

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In a village that's already on edge, what happened Saturday morning didn't help.

Police from several agencies converged on 107 Stoughton Avenue after "numerous reports of multiple gunshots," Massena police chief Timmy Currier said in a statement.

It took some convincing, but two people inside the residence were eventually pursuaded to come out, Currier noted.

One of them, William P. Rochefort, 18, was charged with tampering with evidence, a class E felony; reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, a violation.

Rochefort was issued an appearance ticket and released.

Police said a search of the property yielded a rifle and .22 shell casings.

The second teen taken into custody was released without being charged.

Police intially described Saturday's activity as taking place on Liberty Avenue. 107 Stoughton is close to the intersection of Stoughton and Liberty.

Police said they first got reports of shots fired shortly before 8 a.m.

In March, police blocked off a portion of Liberty Avenue for much of a day after an incident in which shots were allegedly fired at a vehicle elsewhere in the village. (Read, view our earlier coverage here.)

(The Watertown Times adds considerable additional detail to Saturday's story. The newspaper reports Rochefort told police he was shooting at squirrels, and that the gun was hidden in the basement. Read the story here.)

 

Friday, April 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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