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Authorities: 9-Year-Old Boy Got Gun During Visit With Mother

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who brought a gun to a Bremerton elementary school that went off and critically wounded a young classmate apparently got the weapon from his mother's house.

In charging documents, police and prosecutors say the firearm was a .45-caliber handgun. Authorities believe the third-grader came into possession of the weapon during a visitation with his mother over the weekend.

The boy was taken into juvenile custody Wednesday after the shooting for investigation of unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third-degree assault
charges. The 8-year-old girl who was struck by the bullet remains in critical condition at a Seattle hospital. Authorities have said they believe the shooting was accidental.
      
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SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a gun brought to a Bremerton elementary school in a third grader's backpack discharged, apparently by accident, critically wounding an 8-year-old classmate.

Bremerton police Lt. Peter Fisher says investigators were trying to determine how the 9-year-old boy got the gun and why he brought it to school Wednesday. He said a bullet went through the backpack and hit the little girl.

Amina Kocer-Bowman was in critical condition Wednesday night after surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The Bremerton Schools superintendent's office said the girl was shot in the abdomen. KING-TV reported that her friends and relatives gave a `thumbs up' signal to reporters as they left the
hospital late Wednesday.

The boy who brought the gun to Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton was taken into custody.

      
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