An 8-year-old boy was briefly taken into custody after bringing a gun to school and allegedly threatening a third-grade classmate.
“He said he’s going to shoot me. He said he’s going to make it a blood bath and throw me in the Dumpster,” Fatimah Edwards, 9, told WCAU-TV on Monday. She reported the threat to a teacher, who called police.
The boy brought the 9 mm gun in his book bag: “Ammunition was there, but the gun was unloaded” and no shots were fired, police Sgt. Roland Lee said.
It was unclear where the boy got the gun, but police said Monday night they were holding Murid Brown, the boy’s 24-year-old uncle, on a charge of reckless endangerment.
City police detectives questioned the boy several hours before releasing him Monday evening, said Lt. Sue Slawson, a police spokeswoman.
The boy, whose name was not released, will not face criminal charges. Under Pennsylvania law, children under 10 cannot be charged, said Cathie Abookire, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.
“My grandson needs to be punished. He needs to be talked to. But, then, he’s a kid,” said the boy’s grandmother, Nisa Brown.
The incident came the same day a 15-year-old freshman allegedly opened fire at a high school in Santee, California, killing two students and injuring 13 others.