BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A 13-year-old student at Capitol Middle School brought a loaded gun to school. That gun was then stolen by another student, and that child then used the weapon while attempting to buy drugs from someone in a grocery store parking lot.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has learned that the gun in question was taken by the Capitol Middle student from his father on August 19. The 8th grader brought the .380 caliber handgun to school and kept it with him the entire day. While riding home on the bus, another student stole the handgun.
The stolen gun was then used the next day. The 7th grader used the weapon after attempting to buy marijuana from two people. It all happened outside the Albertson’s Grocery on Bluebonnet in the parking lot.
Officials say the juvenile tried to grab and take the marijuana. That’s when he fired the weapon as the two individual attempted to drive away from the scene.
The teen has been charged with two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm with Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Carrying of a Firearm on School Property.
The connection to the stolen firearm was made yesterday, Sept. 26, when the father discovered that the firearm was missing from his home. The farther confronted his son, who then admitted to taking the weapon. He then admitted to having knowledge of the shooting involving the stolen weapon.
The 8th grader who brought the weapon to school was charged with 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.
Both teens will be booked into Juvenile Detention Center.
Students with information concerning this incident or similar incidents are encouraged to notify a school administrator, 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).