Pupil, 14, is charged with gun possession

CRIME WATCH

Crime Watch

March 03, 2006|By RICHARD IRWIN

A 14-year-old pupil at William H. Lemmel Middle School in West Baltimore has been released into the custody of his parents after being arrested by city school police and charged with possession of a handgun on school property.

Because he is a juvenile, the pupil's name was not disclosed. No trial date has been set.

Shortly before noon Wednesday, school police assigned to the school in the 2800 block of N. Dukeland St. learned during an investigation that a pupil was carrying a handgun on school property, said Antonio Williams, chief of the school police.

Williams said the officers found a jacket containing a loaded 9mm Browning semiautomatic handgun. "The gun had two rounds in the clip, but no bullets in the chamber," Williams said.

The chief said the jacket was traced to the pupil, who was found outside the school about 11:30 a.m. and fled when the officers approached him.

Following a brief foot pursuit toward nearby woods, the pupil was taken into custody and later charged.

Williams said the pupil told arresting officers that he was carrying the gun for protection, but he declined to provide details.

The boy was held at the city Juvenile Detention Center in the 100 block of N. Gay St. until he was released yesterday into the custody of his parents, Williams said.

Williams said the handgun showed signs that someone had attempted to remove the serial number.

School police are attempting to trace the weapon's history and learn how the pupil came to possess it.

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