Boy, 5, brings gun to Florida school

January 28th, 2011 by Staff

PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) — Florida police say they are investigating how a 5-year-old boy brought a loaded semiautomatic handgun to a grade school.

Assistant Chief James Griffith in Palatka told the Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville police were called to Moseley Elementary School Tuesday morning after a teacher saw the gun fall from the child’s pocket during a music lesson. The teacher retrieved the weapon and told administrators.

The .22-caliber Jimenez semiautomatic had live ammunition in the magazine but not in the chamber, Griffith said.

The boy told police he found the gun in his stepfather’s vehicle, but Griffith said investigators had not confirmed that Tuesday night. He vowed criminal charges would be filed if any adult is found to be negligent.

The child has been suspended from school.

Monday, a Jacksonville man was charged with culpable negligence for the accidental shooting of his 6-year-old daughter.

Police said Donesha Burney shot herself in the chest with a .380-caliber handgun she found in her kitchen. She went home from the hospital Thursday.

Donnell Burney, 32, said he was cleaning the gun and left it on the counter. He could get up to five years in prison.

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