11-Year-Old Arrested for Bringing Gun and Ammunition to School

An 11-year-old, middle-school student in Vancouver, Washington, accused of bringing a handgun to school, along with 400 rounds of ammunition and several knives, was arrested by police on Wednesday night. The arrest came after police recovered the weapons and ammunition earlier in the day at Frontier Middle School.

The boy, whose name won’t be released to the press due to his age, was interviewed by detectives and arrested while police investigate of one count of attempted murder, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in a statement. Officers responded to a tip that ammunition was found at the school at around 9:30 a.m. Once the police located the ammunition and multiple weapons, the middle school and adjacent elementary school, were placed in a two-hour lockdown. 

It is estimated that 1,500 students attend the two schools combined.

The arrest comes in the wake of the deadly Sparks Middle School shooting in Nevada, in which a 12-year-old reportedly shot a teacher dead, wounded two classmates, and then took his own life. He had brought the gun from home and his parents may face criminal charges for failing to prevent access to such a deadly weapon. Bullying is said to have been a potential motive in the shooting.

Vancouver, Washington police continue to investigate the case of the heavily armed 11-year-old, and how he obtained his weapons. 

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