Suspect arrested in drive-by shooting that prompted ‘soft lockdown’ at 3 Rocky Hill schools

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ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — A Rocky Hill man faces charges for his alleged role in a shooting that placed three schools in Rocky Hill in “soft lockdowns” Tuesday.

At about 11:50 a.m., Rocky Hill Police officers responded to the scene of the “shots fired incident” in the area of Orchard Street and Textbook Avenue. A 911 caller reported two cars driving fast down Valley Brook Road and several gunshots.

Police said shots were fired from a vehicle at a second vehicle, and it does not appear anyone was struck. However, officers found a truck that had been hit several times by bullets.

The driver of the truck was not injured. Police said, “the victim may have known the person responsible for firing the gun.”

Rocky Hill Police arrested and charged Wesley Brown, 20, with first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal attempt of assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and criminal possession of a firearm. He was held on a $250,000 bond and is due in court Wednesday morning.

Wesley Brown (Photo: Rocky Hill Police Department)

According to Rocky Hill Public Schools Superintendent Mark Zito, the shooting happened in the general area of Myrtle H. Stevens Elementary, Albert D. Griswold Middle, and Rocky Hill High schools. The shootings were not related to any of the schools, police later confirmed.

“Stevens Pre-K morning students were dismissed prior to the incident and the afternoon Pre-K students will be safely supervised by local police as they enter the school,” Zito wrote in a statement. “A ‘soft lockdown’ means that no individuals will be allowed to enter or exit those schools but instructional and other school operations will continue without interruption. All students and staff are safe. Please do not attempt to pick up your child at this time from any of those three schools due to the soft lockdown.”

The Moser and West Hill schools were not placed in any sort of lockdown because of their distance from the incident, Zito said.

Roads were closed in the area due to the investigation but have since reopened.

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