Boy, 13, reportedly shot girl getting off bus with BB gun in Madison

Boy, 13, reportedly shot girl getting off bus with BB gun in Madison


MADISON — Two 13-year-old boys were arrested Wednesday morning after a BB gun used by one boy to shoot a girl was brought inside a middle school by the other boy, Madison police said.

One boy is accused of firing the weapon out of a bus window Tuesday afternoon, and a girl who had just gotten off the bus on Kessel Court was struck by a BB, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement.

Investigators had yet to determine if she was targeted by the boy, DeSpain said.

DeSpain told the Wisconsin State Journal that a witness reported the shooting, and that police were in the process of speaking with the girl, who they didn’t believe was seriously injured.

On Wednesday shortly before 8:30 a.m., security staff at Jefferson Middle School, 101 S. Gammon Road, assisted by a Madison police officer intercepted the bus the alleged shooter was riding on as it arrived at the school and arrested the boy on tentative charges of second-degree reckless endangering safety, and resisting, DeSpain said.

The BB gun was taken into the school on Wednesday morning by another boy who was arrested on a tentative charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds, DeSpain said.

The BB gun was found in a backpack inside a locked locker by school staff and police, DeSpain told the State Journal.

DeSpain said the boys were not cooperating with police, but that there was no indication the gun had been used to threaten anyone at the school.

Both boys were taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

The cases are being actively investigated and additional tentative charges are possible, DeSpain said.

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