The parents of a 15-year-old boy who fired a shot into the classroom ceiling at his school in Utah disarmed their son in a hallway of the building.
Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross told the Salt Lake Tribune that the boy, who was not identified, carried a 12-gauge shotgun and a 9-mm handgun with additional ammunition into Mueller Park Junior High School on Thursday morning. He said when the parents noticed the weapons missing, they rushed to the school.
The boy, wearing a large black coat, entered a classroom and fired a round into the ceiling, a witness told the Tribune. Shortly afterward, another witness said, the boy's father tackled his son while his mother took away the weapon.
There were 26 students in the classroom at the time.
"I heard it cock, and then I heard the shot go off and I looked up and there was a big hole in the ceiling," student Dan Fowers told the Deseret News.
Another student, Calvin Smith added: "He looked angry when he came in, like just kind of an angry face, and he just shot at the ceiling without an explanation. He didn't really say anything."
Ross told the Deseret News that a student and teacher tried to talk to the boy, causing him to pause before his parents arrived.
"I believe those seconds played a big role in the outcome," said Ross. "The suspect did put the gun toward his neck and his intentions may have been to commit suicide."
Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards told the that the boy was arrested after his parents had detained him. Authorities said officers arrived within two minutes after an "active shooter" call went out at 8:13 a.m. local time.
The Tribune reported that no one was hurt and the boy remained in custody at the Farmington Bay Youth Center.
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