7-year-old shot in classroom near Lake Charles
LAKE CHARLES —
The 7-year-old boy who was shot at Moss Bluff Elementary School near Lake Charles on Monday morning is in surgery, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said in an updated news release.
Here's the statement sent by the sheriff:
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso has released new details on the shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary School this morning.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:50 a.m. in reference to a shooting at the school. The investigation reveals a first grader brought a 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 victim was transported to a hospital where it is reported he is in surgery.
Neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held culpable for the accident due to their age.
When the investigation is complete, the report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against the owner of the gun.
Mancuso went on to say while he is a pro-gun, 2nd Amendment advocate, he believes it is the responsibility of gun owners to keep the firearms locked and out of the reach of children.
It is also important to talk to children about the dangers of guns to help them know how to react if they encounter one.