BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Police Make Arrest in Corning

Written By: Renata Stiehl
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Police Make Arrest in Corning

3PM UPDATE - The following is a press release from Corning PD:

That on January 9th, 2014 at about 9:57am the City of Corning Police Department was dispatched to the parking lot located at the intersection of Flint Ave and Ellicot Street in the City of Corning for a report of a white male with a rifle. The report included that at least two shots were fired by the male subject.

Uniformed members of the City of Corning Police, Painted Post Police, and New York State immediately responded to the area in search of the suspect. While searching the scene, multiple shell casings were discovered in the parking lot. Witnesses were interviewed and the residential neighborhood was checked.

At about 2pm enough information and evidence was obtained that has led to the arrest of GISBERT JAMES HANFT, Jr, DOB: 08/12/1992, of 188 Dodge Avenue Corning. Mr Hanft was located at work in Painted Post.

It is believed that Mr Hanft acted alone and the City Police Department is NOT currently looking for any additional suspects. Mr Hanft is currently being processed and will be charged with: Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a "D" felony. He will be arraigned in the coming hours in City Court.

Mr Hanft is being cooperative with Police and the weapon used, a .22 caliber rifle, has been recovered. 

Based on the investigation, it is believed that Mr Hanft had been actively shooting squirrels in the neighborhood which led to the 911 call. No damage to property and no injuries to persons in the neighborhood have been reported.

The investigation is continuing.


     CORNING (WENY) -- Corning Police say they're searching for an individual in connection to reports of shots fired Thursday morning on the city's northside. Police say it happend around 9 a.m, in the area of Flint Avenue and Ellicott Street.
     The Corning-Painted Post School District has placed nearby Hugh Gregg Elementary and Winfield Elementary, plus Northside Blodgett Middle School on lockout; other schools, including Carder Elementary, Severn Elementary and Corning Free Academy are keeping students inside until police give the all clear. Open campus at Corning East High School is closed.
       We'll bring you the latest information as it develops.


As a precaution in response to a police situation in the city of Corning…Winfield, Gregg and Northside Blodgett schools are currently on a lockout. This means no public access to the schools and students are kept inside. The situation does not involve our schools and all students are safe. Again, this investigation does not involve our schools. Also as a precaution students at Severn, CFA and Carder are being kept inside at recess. East high school open campus is closed.
The Superintendent is in contact with the Corning Police Department on this on-going situation, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available. If you need to contact your child’s school, please do – but be aware we are running the schools as a normal school day aside from public access which is not permitted at this time. Again, all students are safe.
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