School Shooter in Utah Disarmed by Parents: Cops

Students say the shooter fired a shotgun inside a science classroom
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2016 5:45 PM CST
School Shooter in Utah Disarmed by Parents: Cops
Sarah Boucher hugs her son, Garrett, 12, a seventh-grade student at Mueller Park Jr. High, after a shooting incident at the school in Bountiful, Utah, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.   (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)

A Utah teenager who allegedly fired a shotgun into his school's ceiling Thursday morning was restrained and disarmed by his own parents, the AP reports. While police say the 15-year-old, who also had a handgun, discharged the shotgun in the hallway, at least two students say it happened inside a classroom during science class. Student Dan Fowers says the teen came in and fired the shotgun. "I looked up and there was a big hole in the ceiling," he tells KSL. Another student, Calvin Smith, tells the Salt Lake Tribune the shooter stood there looking angry for a moment before his parents burst in. Smith says the teen's dad tackled him while his mom took the gun away and dragged him into the hallway. Police confirm that the shooter was disarmed by his parents.

The unnamed teen's parents were concerned about his behavior before school Thursday and headed for Meuller Park Junior High in Bountiful when they realized two family guns were missing. Police aren't giving the shooter's identity, why his parents were concerned about him, or what he had planned. Police say it's unclear if the teen meant to fire the shotgun or if it discharged accidentally. Fowers says the situation was "really scary." "The look on his face, it kind of looked like he wanted to do some damage," Fowers tells the AP. He says students dove under their desks, screaming and crying. Smith tells the Tribune he knows the shooter, who has always seemed "fine and normal." (Read more school shooting stories.)

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