LINDEN, N.J. - A 10-year-old boy fired a gun inside a Linden, N.J., elementary school Wednesday while showing the firearm to another student, police told News 4 New York.
The fourth-grader discharged the .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun while inside a coat closet just after 3 p.m., shooting a bullet through a wall into a vacant classroom, where it became lodged in another wall, Detective Lt. Raymond Tyra said.
Stephanie Rosario, 9, said she dared the boy, who has not been identified, to shoot the weapon.
"I'm like, 'I dare you,' then I'm like, 'No, I'm just kidding,' cause I thought it was like fake," she said. "I thought it was like a water gun."
She soon found out it was real. He pulled the trigger and then dropped the gun, she said. The bullet went in between a female student's legs and then through the wall and into the vacant classroom. No one was hit.
The boy said he simply found the gun outside. He was too shaken to give the exact location.
"He was upset," Lt. Keith Aslan of the Linden police said. "I honestly don't believe he was purposely out to hurt anyone."
Most students had already been dismissed from school No. 2, Tyra said. Police checked other classrooms for weapons or injured people.
Tyra said school will be open on Thursday.
The building was secured by several officers. Linden police and the Union County Prosecutor's Office are continuing to investigate the incident.