HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A student was arrested for allegedly bringing a handgun and high-capacity magazine to Hamden Collaborative Learning Center on Wintergreen Avenue.
Hamden police were called to the school around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday for a fight between two students — 18-year-old Khalil Davis-Yancy and a 16-year-old student, who police said suffered minor injuries.
Police arrested Davis-Yancey and charged him with assault and third-degree disorderly conduct.
Officers returned to the school around 11:30 a.m.
“The school security had alerted us to go back to the school and said possibly there was a handgun in the school,” Hamden Police Sgt. Angela Vey said.
Hamden police said they found not only a 9mm handgun but also a large-capacity magazine inside a classroom closet. Police believe Davis-Yancey brought it to school Tuesday.
“We’re still trying to figure out how he got his hands on that weapon,” Vey said.
Davis-Yancey, who Hamden police said has no criminal history, now faces additional charges: carrying a pistol without a permit, negligent storage of a firearm, reckless endangerment, possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of a weapon on school grounds, and illegal possession of a large capacity magazine.
Hamden police will increase their presence at Hamden Collaborative Learning Center.
“This is the second incident where the police have taken a gun off our streets this last week,” Mayor Lauren Garrett (D-Hamden) said. “We have too many guns in our society.”
This is the second incident to happen at this building in recent weeks. Hamden Collaborative Learning Center occupies a portion of the property, which also houses Wintergreen School, where a custodian was attacked and robbed on Jan. 31.
Davis-Yancey was arraigned Wednesday in Meriden Superior Court and is being held on a $180,000 bond. He is due back in court on Feb. 16.