04/24/2008

N.J. fourth grader fired gun in school

The Associated Press

LINDEN, N.J. — Police say a fourth-grader fired a semiautomatic handgun inside a New Jersey elementary school as he was showing it to a friend.

Linden Lt. Raymond Tyra says no one was injured in the gunfire at School Number 2 on Wednesday afternoon.

A 10-year-old boy was showing the .38-caliber gun to his friend in a coat closet when the weapon went off. A bullet passed through the wall and into the classroom next door, where it lodged in a wall.

Tyra says most of the kindergarten to fifth-grade students who attend the school had gone home before the incident.

Police officers recovered the gun and secured the school.

Investigators are trying to determine how the child got the weapon.

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