FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A second suspect has been arraigned in connection with a gun scare that caused a shelter-in-place order across the UMass campus last month. According to Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, 22 year-old Shawn T. Wyatt of Framingham is charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery.
Wyatt and another suspect, 19 year-old William McKeown, are accused of hitting a UMass student in the head with a BB gun on the night of February 18. At the time, it was believed that the weapon was a real gun, so all students received a warning about a “hostile armed person on campus.” They were ordered to stay where they were; an order that remained in effect for nearly two hours.
McKeown turned himself in to police in Framingham the following day, and has been arraigned on the same charges Wyatt is now facing. McKeown is currently under house arrest, and is due back in court on April 11.
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Wyatt was arraigned Tuesday in Framingham District Court on an arrest warrant. He will be arraigned again on the specific charges either late Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.