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Child accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary, was "innocent bystander"

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says that the 7-year-old hit by a bullet at Moss Bluff Elementary was an "innocent bystander".

KATC has learned the child is now in critical, but stable condition; he was moved to the Pediatric ICU at a Lafayette hospital for monitoring. 

Deputies were dispatched to Moss Bluff Elementary School Monday morning in regards to a shooting, according to a spokeswoman for the office.

Deputies say they have determined the victim was accidentally shot in his classroom. An investigation has revealed that a child brought a gun to school and while in class, the weapon fell out of their backpack. A second child then picked up the gun, which fired accidentally. A third student was struck by the bullet. 

 Neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be charged due to their age, according to deputies.  When the investigation is complete, the report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if any charges will be filed against the owner of the gun.

            “I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “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.”

This incident was isolated to this particular classroom and no other children were in danger. 

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