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

Friday, May 18, 2012

12-year old Georgia boy accidentally shoots himself next to elementary school

A 12-year old boy in Dekalb County, Georgia, was found shot in the upper leg next to an elementary school, in what authorities believe may be an unintentional self-inflicted wound.  He was with two teen boys, ages 16 and 17, and apparently was preparing to commit a robbery.

A 12-year-old boy in Dekalb County, Georgia was a victim of a gunshot wound Thursday.  
It happened in a wooded area between an apartment complex and an elementary school.
The child was not a student at the school, and authorities believe he may have been skipping school altogether.  
Two teens were detained by police.  
Initially the boy told authorities he'd been shot by an unknown black male, but now police say he may have accidentally shot himself in the upper leg.

This comes as schools in the Atlanta area are on high alert, after an attempted sniper incident Monday involving children boarding a school bus in Clayton County.
From another article:
A 12-year-old Atlanta boy was shot in the buttocks Thursday as he skipped school to commit burglaries with two teenage accomplices, police said.  
The shot was fired in the woods near Montclair Elementary School, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.  
It was not immediately clear what type of weapon was involved or who fired it. The two other boys were aged 16 and 17.  
The three "skipped school with the intention of committing some burglaries," DeKalb police lieutenant Pam Kunz was quoted as saying.  
The 12-year-old was taken to an Atlanta hospital where he was listed in "serious to moderate condition," DeKalb Public Safety Director William Miller added. 
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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