15-year old eighth grader Jaime Gonzalez was shot dead by police in the hallway of his middle school. Police responded to a report of the boy wielding a gun, and when the boy apparently raised the weapon, the officers shot him. He later died in the hospital.
It turns out the boy's gun was a realistic-looking pellet gun.
According to the article:
The boy's father, Jaime Gonzalez Sr., said he had no idea where his son got the gun or why he brought it to school.The boy was apparently well-behaved prior to that day. It is currently unknown where the boy got the gun or why he brandished it.
"We wouldn't give him a gift like that," he told The Associated Press from the family's home, where other relatives and friends of his son were gathering Wednesday night.
One might wonder, what is the reasoning behind making a pellet gun look like the real thing?
UPDATE (1/8/12): 911 call and additional information on the funeral.