Sword attack victim was 2004 Columbia High shooter

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Sources say the victim of Monday’s sword attack at a homeless shelter in Albany is Jon Romano, the person who fired a shotgun in Columbia High School in 2004.

This story was first reported by the Times Union.

A teacher Romano shot in 2004 survived. An assistant principal grabbed the gun before Romano could shoot anyone else.

Romano was released from prison in 2020 after serving 16 years of a 17- to 20-year prison sentence for attempted murder.

He spoke with law enforcement earlier this year about addressing mental health and preventing school shootings.