Police investigate loaded gun discovered near elementary

April 10, 2008|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun reporter

Baltimore County police are investigating how a loaded handgun ended up near a Randallstown school playground, the second incident this month involving guns and county elementary schools.

About 3:30 p.m. Monday, after classes were dismissed at Hernwood Elementary School in the 9900 block of Marriottsville Road, a boy walking near the playground found the handgun wrapped in a red bandana in a grassy area, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. The boy reported it to an adult who was nearby.

He said the adult notified the school's assistant principal, who called police.

The gun had five rounds inside, he said.

Toohey said the gun was legally registered to an Elkton man and that police were attempting to learn how it ended up near the school.

On April 1, a 7-year-old first-grade student at Randallstown Elementary School brought two large-caliber handguns, a .40 caliber Glock and a 9 mm Kahr, to school.

One fell from his waistband and onto a classroom floor and the other was found in his locker, police said. Both were fully loaded and each had a round in the chamber, ready to fire.

Toohey said the boy had taken the guns from the Baltimore home of his great-uncle that weekend. The boy was suspended and faces possible expulsion.

Toohey said no charges were placed against the child because there was no evidence he intended to harm anyone.

Kara E. Calder, a spokeswoman for county schools, said police believe the gun found Monday "had nothing to do with the school."

"What they told us is that it was away from the school," she said. "No students from the school were involved or even aware that this had happened."

Sun reporter Julie Bykowicz contributed to this article.

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