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Boy held in shooting of classmates with BB gun

February 27, 2007|From a Times Staff Writer

A 12-year-old boy was arrested Monday on suspicion of shooting two fellow sixth-grade students with a BB pistol at an Azusa middle school, police said.

The shootings occurred at 8 a.m. at Slauson Middle School, 340 W. 5th St., said Lt. Steve Hunt of the Azusa Police Department.

One student was shot in the head with a rubber or plastic pellet, which left no visible injuries. A second student was struck on the back and was left with a welt.

The alleged shooter was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey after being arrested on suspicion of taking a weapon onto school grounds and removing the orange tip from the "air soft"-type replica submachine pistol. Hunt said removing the orange tip is dangerous because the device looks like an actual gun.

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