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3 Calif. kids hurt as police gun is fired during school assembly

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:27 p.m. HST, Oct 24, 2013

CHINO, Calif. >> Three children were injured by bullet fragments after a fellow elementary school student pulled the trigger of an assault rifle mounted on a police motorcycle during a school assembly, authorities said.

The AR-15 was locked to the side of the motorcycle that was on display at Newman Elementary School on Wednesday during an anti-drug program when a student managed to fire it, Chino police spokeswoman Tamrin Olden said.

"The bullet disintegrated when discharged by striking a metal plate where the barrel rests against the weapons mount," and fragments apparently struck some children and caused minor injuries, she said.

"It is likely that metal debris struck two children resulting in extremely minor injuries," Olden said, adding that the children were treated at a hospital and released.

A third student was examined at the school and released to parents, she said.

The children were treated for cuts and scrapes, said Fire Department spokeswoman Massiel Ladron De Guevara.

The weapons mount holding the rifle had several fail-safes, including the metal plate, Olden said.

There was no immediate word on whether a police officer was nearby when the accidental discharge occurred.

Rifles have been removed from other police motorcycles while the shooting is investigated, Olden said at a news conference.

The shooting occurred while police visited the school for Red Ribbon Week, an annual national event that features a series of activities designed to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse.

Olden said Thursday that officials were reviewing department gun-handling procedures but would not discuss them publicly until the shooting investigation is finished.

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gobows wrote:
why was the gun loaded around children?
on October 24,2013 | 02:38PM
Pocho wrote:
The kid did nothing wrong
on October 24,2013 | 02:46PM
bullturd wrote:
The kid at that time did not know he was doing something wrong. Curiosity got the best of him. He's a Kid. The over reaction (expected) why was the gun loaded. It was loaded because he's a cop. Don't expect cops to unload their weapons when they're in the line of duty. Doesn't matter where they're at, (exceptions, inside of a courtroom during a trial)
on October 24,2013 | 03:16PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
the child should've no where near the gun..where was the officer??
on October 24,2013 | 05:27PM
sailfish1 wrote:
"The AR-15 was locked to the side of the motorcycle that was on display at Newman Elementary School " If the motorcycle was on DISPLAY, it wasn't "on duty". The gun should not have been loaded.
on October 24,2013 | 10:36PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I can already see all the unwarranted hate on police officers over an incident. Yes, the police officer should have ensured that the rifle was empty of ammunition. Fortunately, a safety plate was in place to prevent fatal injury.
on October 24,2013 | 03:14PM
loquaciousone wrote:
One in the chamber and the safety off?
on October 24,2013 | 03:24PM
gobows wrote:
the kid could've pushed the safety off.....but why one in the chamber?
on October 24,2013 | 04:42PM
sjean wrote:
What does an extremely minor gun wound look like?
on October 24,2013 | 06:55PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I'm up for conjecturing. An extremely minor gun wound might not draw any blood at all, or as much as a nick from a nail clipper.
on October 24,2013 | 09:04PM
Anonymous wrote:
gobows, totally agree with your question.
on October 24,2013 | 09:06PM
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