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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

12-year old brings family shotgun to New Mexico school and wounds two students

Kendal Sanders, age 13 (source)
12-year old Mason Campbell was able to get his family's .20-gauge shotgun and ammo and brought them to his school, Berrendo Middle School, hidden in a band instrument case, in Roswell, New Mexico.  He is a 7th-grader at the school.

Campbell entered the school gym, where a large number of students were gathered before school started, and opened fire.

A good article with details and images.

He shot an 11-year old boy twice in the face, and shot a 13-year old girl, Kendal Sanders, in the right shoulder.  Both are now in the hospital.  The girl is in satisfactory condition, while the boy has had two surgeries and is in critical condition.  The 11-year old believes he was the intended target.

Shooter Mason Campbell, age 12, posing
with a shot animal (source)
A social studies teacher, John Masterson, was able to talk the boy into surrendering the weapon.

The school had a security guard, but the guard wasn't near the situation as it unfolded.

The entire shooting lasted about 10 seconds.

The shooter, Mason Campbell, is apparently a hunter (see image) and is therefore, presumably, familiar with gun and gun safety.

The gun reportedly came from the family home.  How had it been stored?

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

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