Gun brandished in teen fight
An 18-year-old Truckee man is wanted by police after he allegedly pointed a loaded handgun Wednesday at a male teen in downtown Truckee during a fight.
At 3:15 p.m., police officers responded to a physical fight on Jibboom Street involving Jean Pierre Pineda-Andriano, who allegedly battered and pointed a loaded .380 caliber handgun at the male teen, said Truckee police Lt. Harwood Mitchell. The alleged victim was not injured, according to police reports.
Police believe the fight is connected to an earlier scuffle at Tahoe Truckee High School.
Two or more suspects in the downtown fight reportedly left the scene in a Jeep Cherokee, later found abandoned at Truckee Pines apartments on Estates Drive, police said. A male teen reported to have been in the vehicle is wanted for questioning, Mitchell said.
Mitchell said the handgun was recovered somewhere other than the vehicle, but would not specify the exact location. Pineda-Andriano’s last known address is Truckee Pines apartments.
Earlier that day, during the lunch period, several high school students got into a fight on the practice field at Tahoe Truckee High School. The time was 12:55 p.m. Four students were taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital and were treated and released for minor injuries, according to police reports.
The school fight is related to the downtown fight, Mitchell said. The people involved in both fights knew each other, he said, and the downtown fight appeared to be in retaliation for the first fight.
During the investigation, one of the injured students was determined to be the instigator in the school fight and was arrested on suspicion of battery and fighting on school grounds. The person was taken to juvenile hall in Nevada City, according to police reports.
Mitchell said there is no information on what started the fight at school. He said Pineda-Andriano is a former student at Truckee High.
Tahoe Truckee High School Principal Jay Cunningham Thursday sent out a letter and left telephone messages for parents to address any rumors about the incident at school, said Dennis Williams, school superintendent at Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.
Rumors that the gun was brought to school or on a school bus had parents concerned, Williams said.
“The gun was not on campus,” Williams said. “It was a former student that was at one of the bus stops.”
No additional safety measures were implemented at Tahoe Truckee High School because of the incident, Williams said.
A district-wide emergency communication system will be up and running by Dec. 1 to alert parents of important information such as a school emergencies, school closures or snow days, Williams said. The school database system will be able to make thousands of calls in minutes to release and disburse information as quickly as possible, he said.
The emergency system would have been effective for Wednesday’s incident, Williams said.
“[The incident] reminds us of the need for us to watch over our children,” Williams said.
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