Police say more might be linked to Richmond Academy incident

Friday, Aug 29, 2008 11:27 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 9:30 PM
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Sheriff's investigators said this morning they are looking at two more people in connection with Thursday’s incident near the Academy of Richmond County in which a sawed-off shotgun was found in a teen’s backpack.

Lt. Scott Peebles confirmed that his department is talking to two other teenagers who might have acted as lookouts when a 16-year-old Bungalow Road Alternative School student pulled the fire alarm at the school at about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Both the 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female have been charged in connection to the incident. The girl was released to her parents; the 16 year old was sent to the Youth Detention Center.

Lt. Peebles said investigators will be searching the teenager’s home today. They are also looking into the possibility that one or more of those who participated in the incident are members of local gangs.

The 16-year-old male and 14-year-old female were arrested near Walton Way Thursday after they were spotted across the street from the school and apprehended by police.

A sawed-off shotgun, as well several shells of bird shot were found in the 16-year-old’s backpack.

“There’s no indication to us at this time that the gun came inside the school,” Lt. Peebles said.


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