|Evette Davis hugged her daughter and son after a gun fired at a Houston elementary school yesterday. (James Nielsen/ Houston Chronicle via Associated Press)|
3 hurt after child brings gun to school
HOUSTON — A kindergartner who brought a loaded gun yesterday to his Houston elementary school was among three students injured by fragments when it fired after falling from his pocket as he sat down for lunch, officials said.
One bullet was fired about 10:35 a.m. in the Ross Elementary School cafeteria, spraying fragments at the students, said Houston Independent School District Assistant Police Chief Robert Mock.
“Either some type of chips off the floor, or it could be pieces of the round that discharged,’’ Mock said. “They had some cuts and stuff on their legs; they don’t appear to be life-threatening.’’
A 5-year-old girl and two 6-year-old boys were wounded, including the one who had the gun.
All three children were taken in ambulances to be checked out at a hospital. The students were sitting up and appeared to be talking with emergency personnel as they were wheeled away.
Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said it is too early in the investigation to tell if any charges will be filed.
Upset parents rushed to the school in northeast Houston, where yellow crime scene tape was strung and more than a dozen patrol cars were parked.
Kennedi Glapion, 6, who was being picked up from school by her grandmother, said she saw the gun after it fell under a cafeteria table.
“It dropped on the floor, under the table. It was loud, it was so loud,’’ said the kindergartner, who added that after the gun went off, she was scared and started crying.