A 13-year-old seventh-grade student at Capitol Middle School was booked with two counts of attempted murder after he shot a gun at a vehicle driving away from an Aug. 20 drug deal at a grocery store, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.
The boy booked in the shooting is accused of taking the gun from a 13-year-old eighth grade Capitol Middle School student, the release says. The eighth grader is accused of taking his father’s .380 caliber handgun to school without his father knowing, the release says.
The student allegedly kept the loaded weapon at school all day. Riding the bus home that afternoon, the seventh-grade student took the gun from him, the release says.
Deputies arrested the seventh-grader on Aug. 20 for firing shots near the Albertson’s Grocery store, 9990 Bluebonnet Blvd., at approximately 6:52 p.m., the release says.
The investigation revealed that as the boy was attempting to buy marijuana from two people, he grabbed the marijuana and fired the weapon at the people driving the vehicle away, the release says.
The juvenile was booked with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substance. He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.
The eighth grader’s father discovered his handgun was missing Monday, the release says.
When he approached his son, the boy admitted taking the gun to school and told his father the gun was taken away from him, the release says.
The boy also admitted knowing about the shooting involving the stolen weapon, the release says.
The eighth grader will be booked with theft of a firearm, carrying of a firearm by a student on school property, illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder, the release says.
Detectives are still interviewing both juveniles and the incident is under investigation. Both juveniles will be booked into the Juvenile Detention Center, the release says.
Students with information about this incident or similar incidents are encouraged to notify a school official, contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867. Students can also text “CS225” plus their message to CRIMES (274637).