As shootings, stabbings and altercations continue around Binghamton High School, Mayor Jared Kraham has directed a special police unit to do more in the neighborhood.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder in connection with Thursday's shooting of a student just a few yards away from the high school.

Fire medics tend to a Binghamton High School student about eight minutes after he was shot during his lunch period. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Fire medics tend to a Binghamton High School student about eight minutes after he was shot during his lunch period. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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The student was shot in the chest during an altercation while on lunch break. He was reported in stable condition at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City.

In a statement issued Thursday evening, Kraham said he met with school superintendent Tonia Thompson and police chief Joseph Zikuski shortly after the shooting.

A Binghamton High School student was shot near the school on his lunch break on January 6, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A Binghamton High School student was shot near the school on his lunch break on January 6, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Kraham has ordered the police Community Response Team to "commit its attention and resources to the blocks surrounding" the high school.

Binghamton detectives took the suspected shooter into custody less than three hours ater the incident.

The youth was found hiding in the basement of an Oak Street apartment building. A woman who was working in the building said the suspect apparenlty got inside through an unlocked rear door.

A shooting suspect in custody on Oak Street on January 6, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A shooting suspect in custody on Oak Street on January 6, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
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This school year has been marred by violence inside and outside the high school. In-person classes have been suspended twice in recent months because of disruptive behavior.

Classes resumed Monday with new regulations and restrictions in an effort to restore order.

FLASHBACK: Binghamton City School District employees, police and fire medics at the scene of an incident near the high school on September 20, 2021. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
FLASHBACK: Binghamton City School District employees, police and fire medics at the scene of an incident near the high school on September 20, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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School superintendent Tonia Thompson held a news conference at the school two hours before Thursday's shooting to show off a new weapon detection system.

The school district has not said how much the new security equipment and personnel will cost.

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