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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Sgt. Brian McGregor

Email:     bmcgregor@kennerpd.com  

Office:    (504) 712-2252

Date:      July 7, 2011

Ten-year old arrested in Kenner shooting

Kenner - A ten-year-old juvenile has been arrested after he shot a 7-year-old with a gun.  On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at approximately 8:27 p.m., Kenner Police Officers were summoned to the 2600 block of Salem Street, in Kenner, in reference to a seven-year-old who had been shot in the leg with what was thought to be a BB gun. 

Further investigation revealed that the seven-year-old had been shot in the left thigh with a legitimate handgun that was brought to the house by a ten-year-old.  The victim advised that the ten-year old brought the gun into the residence on Salem Street, cocked the gun, and was playing with it when the gun discharged.

The ten-year-old fled the home and was later arrested by Kenner Police Officers.  Upon interviewing the ten-year-old in the presence of a parent; he denied the shooting but tested positive for gun shot residue.  The ten-year-old was charged with the crimes of illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile, negligent injuring, and status offense family member in need of supervision.    The juvenile was transported to the Jefferson Parish Assessment Center where he remains in custody pending a detention hearing in Juvenile Court.  The gun used in the shooting has not been recovered.  It is unknown where the ten-year-old obtained the handgun used in the shooting. 

Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident, to call the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. 

Detective David Stromeyer and Officer Nicholas Engler are in charge of the investigation.

-KPD-

                                     

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