Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Friday, February 24, 2012

14-year old boy injured in shooting on school grounds in Tennessee

A 14-year old boy was with a group of other kids at Cason Lane Academy school in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, when a vehicle drove up and someone inside started firing at them.  The boy was injured in the leg.

From the article:
The 14-year-old was shot in the leg around 5:10 p.m., according to a statement from MPD spokesman Kyle Evans. He was transported to Middle Tennessee Medical Center with minor injuries.

A juvenile suspect has been developed and officers are currently looking for that suspect. No further information will be released this evening, Evans stated.
Early reports also indicate some youth were gathered in an open field area near the campus when someone pulled up and opened fire. Police scanner traffic indicated that one person had been shot in the leg area.
UPDATE (2/26/12):  The boy was shot by two 15-year old boys, who got two guns from a locked cabinet owned by the parents of one of the boys.  The victim was shot twice in the leg.  The incident was about an argument over a girl, and was not gang-related.  Some additional facts from a follow-up article (see article for more details:
— The three teens charged with conspiracy include a 17-year-old female, 14-year-old female and 15-year-old male.
— The two alleged shooters are both 15 and male.
— Murfreesboro Police Detective Abe Vongphakdy said the three teens charged with conspiracy were cooperative during the investigation. One of the alleged shooters turned himself in and claimed that the victim attacked him with a knife and that he accidentally shot the victim. Police did not find a knife at the scene.
— One 15-year-old shooter carried a .9-mm pistol, while the other carried a .23-caliber pistol; Both guns have been recovered by police, according to the MPD detective. The guns were obtained from one of the teen’s parents house. The guns were locked up but the teens knew where to get the keys. The parents told police they keep the guns because they feel the street they live on (Kings Highway) is rough and that they need to defend themselves.
— A school administrator has recovered video of the shooting and police were set to obtain that video following the juvenile court detention hearing. The administrator told a detective it shows at least one shot being fired and children scattering after the gun went off.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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