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A 7-year-old boy is in intensive care in a Louisiana hospital after he was shot in a classroom at school Monday, officials told KPLC TV.


KPLC TV reported the student suffered “a severe abdominal injury.”

A Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office news release described the incident:

The Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:50 a.m. in reference to a shooting at the school. The investigation reveals a first grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack. The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up. The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student.

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The boy was taken to Lafayette General Hospital, where he had surgery.

The student who brought the gun to school is too young to be charged, according to the release, but the district attorney could decide to file charges against the student’s parents.

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the Second Amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms,” Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said. “However, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children. In addition, talking to our children about the dangers of guns can help them know how to react if they encounter a gun at school or even at a friend’s house.”

A 7-year-old was accidentally shot and severely injured in his elementary school classroom Screenshot/KPLC TV
Jason Dobkin grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. He went to the University of Maryland, where he studied multiplatform journalism. He's a big sports fan -- specifically basketball -- and roots for the Terps and for south Florida teams. He loves Italian food and is a voracious reader.
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