11-year-old boy in custody after gun goes off in classroom

Author: Associated Press
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LAS VEGAS (AP) – An 11-year-old is in custody after accidentally firing a stolen handgun at a Las Vegas school. No one was hurt.

Authorities tell the Las Vegas Sun newspaper (http://bit.ly/1DH1OhN ) that the student fired the gun Wednesday as he reached into a backpack, shooting a hole in a desk at Deskin Elementary School.

Clark County School District police say the fifth-grader was getting ready to leave school when the .45-caliber gun went off in a classroom. Cpt. Ken Young says staff members immediately separated the boy from other students.

Young says it’s not clear where the boy got the gun, but he and the firearm’s owner don’t appear to be related.

The boy is being held at a juvenile detention center and faces several charges, including felony possession of stolen property.

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