A 7-year-old boy is currently in surgery after being shot inside his elementary school classroom. The shooting occurred just before 8 a.m. at Moss Bluff Elementary in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. Police say the shooting was accidental, according to local NBC affiliate KPLC 7.
Speaking to KPLC, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said a first grader had brought the loaded gun to school in his backpack. “The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up. The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student." The boy who was shot was not the same one who brought the gun to school. "He had absolutely nothing to do with this," Mancuso said.
The school was then put on lockdown as the Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s office was called. Nervous parents lined up to pick up their children after it was lifted. The injured student was then taken to a Lafayette hospital. Dalfred Jones of CBS affiliate KLFY quoted Manusco as saying "child undergoing surgery right now but is in stable condition."
Sheriff Manusco says neither the student who brought the gun to school, nor the one who accidentally fired it will be held responsible for the accident due to their age. Following an investigation, the results will be sent to the District Attorney's Office who will then determine whether charges will be filed against the gun owner. A self professed “pro-gun advocate,” Mancusco issued a press release saying: “I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children. In addition, talking to our children about the dangers of guns can help them know how to react if they encounter a gun at school or even at a friend’s house.”
[Photo: Kayla Courvell/KPLC]