A 13-year-old seventh-grade student at Capitol Middle School was booked with two counts of attempted murder after he fired a gun at a vehicle driving away from an Aug. 20 drug deal at a grocery store, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The boy booked in the shooting is accused of taking the gun from a 13-year-old eighth-grade Capitol Middle School student, Casey Rayborn Hicks said. The eighth-grader is accused of taking his father’s .38-caliber handgun to school without the father knowing, Hicks said.
The student allegedly kept the loaded weapon at school all day, Hicks said.
The seventh-grade student took the gun from him while they were riding the bus home that afternoon.
Deputies arrested the seventh-grader on Aug. 20 for firing shots near the Albertson’s Grocery store, 9990 Bluebonnet Blvd., at 6:52 p.m., Hicks said.
The investigation revealed that while the youth was attempting to buy marijuana from two people, he grabbed the marijuana and fired the weapon at the people driving the vehicle away, Hicks said.
The juvenile was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count each of possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substance.
The eighth-grader’s father discovered Monday his handgun was missing, Hicks said.
When he approached his son, the boy admitted taking the gun to school and told his father the gun was taken away from him, Hicks said.
The boy also admitted knowing about the shooting involving the stolen weapon, Hicks said.
The eighth-grader will be booked into Juvenile Detention on one count each of 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.
Detectives are still interviewing both juveniles, Hicks said.
“This incident is a case in point of why we have to focus on our youths’ education and well-being,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “We are going to continue to reach out to our young people with DARE programs and other outreaches, but we cannot do it alone. We need parents, families, schools, churches — the entire community — involved.”
Students with information about this incident, or other, 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).