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

Sunday, June 3, 2012

16-year old Ohio boy shoots mother and flees

Shooter Michael Mason, age 16
16-year old Michael Mason somehow acquired a .22-caliber pistol and shot his mother once in the back, then fled his Willard, Ohio, home.  Police eventually caught up to him and arrested him after a manhunt and a lockdown of area schools.  The mother was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

The boy was being homeschooled after having been kicked out of school for threatening students, and had recently tried to steal his mother's car.

From the article with 911 call and police interview video:
Last year, Michael was kicked out of school for threatening other students, Danhoff said. 
He didn’t return to school, opting instead for homeschooling.
Danhoff remembered the teen as “quiet” and “laid back.” During the expulsion hearings, Michael showed remorse for his actions and tried to explain why he did what he did, Danhoff said. 
“He said he was frustrated with his friends,” Danhoff said. “He said when he got frustrated he got angry, and said some things he really didn’t really mean.”
“Actually, he handled himself pretty well,” Danhoff said. 
Wednesday afternoon, students in the Willlard High School parking lot said much of the same. 
“He was always kind of quiet,” student Moses Lopez said. “He wrote poems to girls. I didn’t see the violence in him.”
The article says the gun was stolen, but does not indicate where it was stolen from.

Related article and video of the boy being escorted by law enforcement, and about him possibly being tried as an adult.

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

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