A 9-year old boy from Seattle accidentally shot his 8-year-old classmate at school.
Preliminary charges such as unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third degree assault had been laid on the boy. Washington state can charge children between 8 and 12 if they are believed to understand wrongdoing.
The boy’s name has not been released due to his age. At Thursday’s preliminary hearing, his bail was lowered from $250,000 to $50,000. He was joined at court by his father and uncle, who is the boy’s legal guardian. The boy’s mother was not present.
“I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake,” the boy’s father said outside the courthouse Thursday.
According to Kitsap county officials, the boy’s parents have criminal records, but there was no mention about an investigation into its relation to the incident. Both father and uncle told ABC News that the child may have obtained the gun from his mother’s boyfriend while he visited her last weekend.
“He’s a good kid. It’s all I can say,” the boy’s uncle said Thursday. “I apologize to the family of that girl. I really do.”
Amina Bowman, 8, was injured after the gun discharged from the boy’s backback around 1:30pm Wednesday. She is at Harborview Medical Center and remains in critical condition. According to KOMO an ABC News affiliate, she will undergo surgeries in the next few weeks.
Armin Jahr Elementary School was where the incident happened. The school went under an immediate lockdown after the incident while parents were notifiedd. Minutes after the incident students were released to their worried parents.
The gun was found inside the classroom.
Grief counsellors were on hand at the school to talk to teachers, students and parents when it reopened Thursday. Bremerton schools spokesman Patty Glaser stated, “Students will continue to be safe at school, school will continue tomorrow.”