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Rome teen arrested after gunshots fired near graduation ceremony

Posted 6/28/22

An 18-year-old has been charged after three gunshots were fired a short distance from Rome Free Academy Stadium on Saturday, shortly after the 2022 graduation ceremony...

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Rome teen arrested after gunshots fired near graduation ceremony

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ROME — An 18-year-old has been charged after three gunshots were fired a short distance from Rome Free Academy Stadium on Saturday, shortly after the 2022 graduation ceremony, according to the Rome Police Department.

Three other people were also charged after family and friends of those involved in the gunfire incident continued the dispute to the steps of the Rome Police station on North James Street, police noted.

Meanwhile, the investigation is ongoing as to whether or not the gunfire was in any way connected to a fight at the stadium following graduation. No arrests have been reported from the stadium fight, however police are investigating the incident.

Police said three gunshots were reported in the 800 block of Croton St. at 11:37 a.m. Saturday. Officers were already in the area due to the nearby graduation ceremony, and they were able to quickly spot two teenage boys as being responsible, authorities said.

A foot chase ensued and the two were taken into custody. Police said they also seized a loaded 9mm handgun.

Oba J. Loney, 18, of Rome, is charged with second-degree possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, police said. He was arraigned in court and was sent to the county jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in Rome City Court.

A 16-year-old male was detained but not charged, police said.

While the two teenagers were being detained, police said family and friends showed up to the scene and a fight broke out.

Police said a juvenile male, whose identity was not released due to his young age, was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. He was released on an appearance ticket.

Loney and the juvenile male were transported to the Justice Building on North James Street for processing. Police said family and friends of those involved also went to the police station, and another fight broke out in front of the building.

Alexi J. Rodriguez, 33, of Rome; Cody R. Clark, 20, of Rome; and Guiseppe Capoccetta, 36, of Rome, were all charged with disorderly conduct for the fight in front of the police station, authorities stated. They were also released on appearance tickets for Rome City Court.

Rome Police said they are investigating to see if the gunfire and the ensuing incidents are in any way connected to a fight between several individuals inside RFA Stadium shortly after graduation, which occurred at about 11:19 a.m. Police said the fight was quickly broken up by school resources officers and other people in attendance.

The 800 block of Croton St. is roughly two blocks to the southwest from RFA Stadium on Turin Street, and the gunfire occurred within about 20 minutes from the reported fight.

Police are asking for any residents in the 700 or 800 block of Croton St., as well as the surrounding area, to check their home security cameras for any suspicious activity on Saturday morning.

Anyone with video footage or information about the gunfire is asked to call the Rome Police at 315-339-7744. Anonymous tips can also be sent to www.MohawkValleyCrimeStoppers.com or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-730-8477.

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