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

Monday, February 6, 2012

15-year old Syracuse boy had sawed off shotgun at mall

A fight broke out among 15-20 teenagers at a Syracuse, New York mall, the Carousel Center. One boy among them, age 15, was found to have a sawed off shotgun in his coat.

From the article:

About 10 p.m., a fight was reported on the third floor of the mall near the Regal Movie Theaters. The first city officer on the scene reported 15 to 20 people fighting near the ticket booths and one male lying unconscious. On the floor next to the male, the officer found three shotgun shells.

More officers and a mall security guard heading to the fight saw three males running down the escalator and attempted to stop them. One of the three, a 15-year-old boy, attempted to push officers away and continue running.

The boy fought with Officer Virgil Hutchison as other officers attempted to gain control of the boy. When that happened, the other males tried to intervene in the arrest. During the struggle, the 15-year-old boy's jacket fell off.

Officers eventually got the 15-year-old in custody, but when they examined his jacket, officers found a sawed-off shotgun in the jacket's sleeve. The gun was unloaded.

"We believe he was involved in the altercation on the third floor and dropped the shells there," Sgt. Tom Connellan.

Thank goodness he was caught before anyone got hurt!

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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