Girl, 8, shot at a Wash. school by accident

Girl, 8, shot at a Wash. school by accident

Bremerton : WA : USA | Feb 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM PST
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A third grade boy shot his female classmate Wednesday at a Bremerton, Wash. elementary school, according to the Seattle Times.

It happened just before the final bell went off at Armin Jahr Elementary School, where students and staff were getting ready to go for the early dismissal day.

At 1:30 p.m. parents were driving and walking up to get their kids at the school. But shortly thereafter the school went into lock down leaving all the parents and kids separated from each other.

Amina Bowman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she is in critical condition after being hit in the stomach by a stray bullet.

The young boy was taken into custody at Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center for bringing a dangerous weapon to school, unlawful possession of a firearm and third degree assault.

The teacher, Natalie Poss, was the staff member who witnessed the shooting in her classroom. Her husband, Bill Poss made a statement to KIRO TV News, "I don't know a lot about the kid other than my wife's been coming home talking about him, and he's been a real problem in the class, and she's been very concerned about it," he said.

At this point it is unclear how a third grade boy acquired a gun, let alone a loaded one.

Police in Bremerton believe the shooting was an accident, although the teacher had been having trouble with the young boy in class who is a new student.

Apparently the gun was still in the boy's backpack and discharged accidently, police said.

The gun was recovered by police in the classroom.

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