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Mattituck man arraigned in October gunshots incident near school

Mattituck High School

A 28-year-old man was arraigned on a misdemeanor weapons charge Friday for allegedly firing a shotgun on his property near Mattituck High School last month.

The gunshots led school officials to clear the campus until police could search the area.

Police officials said Edward Hug had allegedly fired “several rounds from a shotgun” into the sky from his yard on Pike Street in the evening of Oct. 6. The athletic fields at the high school were emptied and students were brought into the building until police deemed the area safe again, according to a news release at the time.

In Southold Town Court Friday, Mr. Hug was partially arraigned on a misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapons charge. According to court documents read aloud by Justice William Price, Mr. Hug faces the criminal charge because he was previously convicted of a felony.

The court did not say what Mr. Hug was convicted of or when the felony conviction occurred.

Mr. Hug represented himself at the arraignment Friday, but did not enter a plea, instead opting to push back the conclusion of the arraignment to a later date when he could have a lawyer present. He remains free on the original $200 “stationhouse” bail set by police in October.

The October incident had stirred memories of a different shooting incident at the school in 2009, when a student was injured by a shot accidentally fired from a .22 caliber rifle. The student suffered minor injuries when fragments from the bullet — which was accidentally fired through a classroom window by a 29-year-old neighbor of the school, who was cleaning his gun at his home — grazed her, authorities said at the time.

Correction: A reference to a 2009 shooting near the school was incorrect. The bullet that was accidentally shot was not from a BB gun but from a .22 caliber rifle. The story has been updated.