Sheriff gives update on first grader accidentally shot at Louisiana elementary school

Sheriff gives update on first grader accidentally shot at Louisiana elementary school

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso released new details on the May 15 shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary School.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:50 a.m. on May 15 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.

The victim was transported to a hospital, where it is reported he is in surgery.

Neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun will be held culpable for the accident due to their age.

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, according to Mancuso.

"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,” Sheriff Mancuso said.

“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.”

- Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

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