Columbus, OH – Six Year Old Brings Loaded Gun to School
A six year old child in Columbus, Ohio was found to have a loaded semi-automatic weapon in his backpack on Wednesday. Columbus Police Detective Dave Bucy told reporters that the child will not be charged, but was placed in protective custody. Child Protective Services are now involved.
Staff at the school promptly notified police when the student told them about the gun. (Fox8).
The Columbus Division of Police wrote:
*UPDATE 11/6/19: Det. Dave Bucy with our Gun Crimes Unit will be speaking with local media about this case today at 2pm. We will carry the interview live on Columbus Police Facebook. More details will be released.
LOADED GUN RECOVERED IN 6-YEAR-OLD’S BACKPACK:
This morning, November 6, 2019 at 8:45am, Columbus Police received a call from a private school in North Columbus (Kids Care Elementary School, 3400 Kohr Blvd.) that a 6-year-old student brought a gun to school in his backpack.
The student let another student know about the gun and that student notified a teacher.
The semi-automatic gun was loaded.
The gun was reported stolen by a family member.
Charges are not expected to be filed on the child due to competency and his age.
There is an ongoing investigation on this case by CPD’s Gun Crimes Unit.
The child reportedly stole the gun from his grandfather, who reported the theft within 24 hours. The boy’s grandmother and grandfather are the guardians. The 6 year old is a black male, according to Detective Bucy. The guardians and the boy were all present in the police interview.
The Detective stated that after the interview, it was unclear why the boy brought the weapon to school. He said it may have been “show and tell,” or just to brag about it. The child will be referred to CPS, and the weapon was placed in the property room as evidence.
Charges for any of the adults are pending investigation for probable cause.
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