Somers Schools Remote Friday, Shelter in Place Lifted as Police Search for Armed Suspects

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Police have arrested one person in connection with an incident in Vernon Friday morning that led to a shelter in place for people in Somers.

Vernon police said they responded to the Parkwest Apartments at 12:45 a.m. to investigate reports of a shooting and found that a bullet entered an apartment, but no one who was in the residence was injured. Police said they believe there was a disturbance before the incident and they have made an arrest in connection with that disturbance. They have charged 23-year-old Trevaughn Velez, of Springfield, Mass. and charged him with multiple narcotics offenses, as well as risk of injury to a minor, criminal mischief, and third-degree assault.

Officers believe a second person involved in the incident is the one who fired the shot and then took off in a red Jeep Cherokee, with Massachusetts plates.

Police spotted the Jeep along Route 81 in Somers a short time later and tried to stop it. The SUV broke down on Main Street and South Road and the driver took off, police said.

The search for that person led to the shelter in place for people nearby. Somers schools decided to keep their students remote learning on Friday due to the ongoing suspect search. The shelter in place was eventually lifted and police say they do not believe the person is still in the area.

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