Police seek student accused of firing gun

Boy, 16, charged as adult in Old Mill High incident

December 20, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Anne Arundel County police were looking last night for a Glen Burnie teen-ager who has been charged with firing a gun in the hallway of Old Mill High School on Wednesday.

Aaron Davis, 16, of Green Leaf Terrace has been charged as an adult with having and discharging a handgun, disturbing school operations, possessing a deadly weapon on school property and making false statements to an officer. The two gun possession charges are felonies, which carry a combined maximum sentence of six years in prison and $3,500 in fines.

Police issued a warrant for Davis' arrest yesterday, but hadn't been able to locate him. Anne Arundel County Police Lt. Joseph Jordan said Davis did not show up for school yesterday. He said he did not know what grade Davis was in, and Old Mill officials were not available yesterday for comment.

The shooting, which occurred near the art room on the ground floor, forced the school into a two-hour lockdown. After the shooting, police increased patrols around the school, and counselors were available to speak with shaken students.

No one was injured in the shooting, which police believe was accidental.

Police recovered the weapon in a boys' restroom after the shooting, and witnesses led them to Davis, who was said to have been in the hallway immediately after the incident. Investigators interviewed Davis twice before obtaining a search warrant for his home.

Jordan said the school's cooperation led police to wrap up the investigation quickly.

"The community was concerned, and so were we," he said. "With the school's help, we were able to come to a conclusion on this."

Anne Arundel County schools spokesman Michael Walsh praised the police for their swift response.

"They really were the leaders in securing the building. They responded immediately and took full command of the situation," he said.

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