Updated: Boy, 11, Facing Felony Charge After Pulling Gun At Ballpark; Girl, 13, Pulls Knife
May 12, 2010
A fifth grader has been charged with a felony after pulling an unloaded gun at a local ballpark Tuesday night.
The 11-year boy is facing a third degree felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon and a first degree misdemeanor charge of improperly exhibiting a firearm.
The incident happened just before 8:00 p.m. at Bradberry Park in Walnut Hill as ballgames were played nearby.
Two 13-year old girls “were involved in a verbal altercation when (the boy) pulled a handgun out from underneath his shirt and displayed it in a reckless manner, pulling back the slide of the firearm and waving it around,” according to the Sheriff’s Office report. The report notes that the gun was not loaded.
“At some point (a 13-year old girl) pulled a knife out of her back pocket, but did not threaten anyone with it,” the report released Wednesday afternoon states.
The gun, according to the Sheriff’s Office was taken by the 11-year old from his grandfather’s locked filing cabinet. The grandfather told deputies that he was unaware how his grandson had removed the firearm.
The boy was transported to the county’s juvenile justice facility for processing. The 13-year old girl that allegedly pulled the knife was not charged.
The gun, according to the report, was a Armi Gales .35 caliber. The gun and the boy were secured shortly after the incident by an off-duty Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy that was coaching a game at the park.
“It was an isolated incident. No one was hurt, and no one was in danger,” Pam Brown, the ballpark’s president, said. “Everyone was safe and is always safe here.”
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Pictured above: A fifth grade student that produced a gun Tuesday night at a Walnut Hill ballpark is questioned by Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge. (Editor’s note: The photograph has been altered to conceal the identity of the juvenile.)