NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police have arrested a 12-year-old boy in connection with an April 23 shooting in New Orleans East.
The shooting, which injured a 14-year-old male, occurred just before 2 p.m. in the 7600 block of Downman Road. Responding officers found the victim in the driveway of a home with a single gunshot wound to the right thigh. The victim hospitalized for treatment.
The victim told police that he was walking along Downman Road with two friends and playing with unloaded BB guns. As they walked past a residence, the 12-year-old suspect claimed he was struck by a BB. The victim said that the suspect then produced a black handgun from a book bag. The victim said that the suspect then offered to let the victim and his friends touch the gun, but they refused. The suspect then removed and replaced the gun's magazine and chambered a round before threatening the three and firing a single shot. The victim said the suspect then threw the gun under a nearby SUV and ran inside the house.
Officers found the black handgun and detached magazine.
The 12-year-old told police that the 14-year-old was shooting BBs at him and that he told him to stop. He said he then went into his book bag and retrieved a gun, removing the clip to make sure no bullets were inside. The suspect then said when he pulled the trigger, the gun fired. The suspect told police that the victim was the one who chambered the gun and said he did not know the gun was loaded.
The suspect told police he got the gun from his parents' locked bedroom by defeating the lock with a knife.
Officers arrested the suspect at the scene and booked him into the Juvenile Bureau on charges of aggravated second-degree battery and possession of a firearm by a juvenile.
Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Seventh District Detective Unit at (504) 658-6070.