Police say the weapon a Texas eighth-grader pointed at officers in a school hallway before they killed him was a pellet gun that looked like a real handgun. (Jan. 4)
[Location - Date:Brownsville, Texas - Jan. 4][Source:KRGV][VO:Police activity outside of Cummings Middle School]A 15 YEAR OLD TEXAS BOY IS DEAD AFTER AIMING A *PELLET* GUN AT POLICE IN THE HALLWAY OF HIS MIDDLE SCHOOL...LEADING OFFICERS TO OPEN FIRE.SCHOOL OFFICIALS CALLED 9-1-1 SHORTLY AFTER CLASSES STARTED ON WEDNESDAY SAYING THAT ONE OF ITS STUDENTS HAD PULLED OUT A WEAPON.THE SCHOOL, WHICH HAS ABOUT 750 STUDENTS, WAS IMMEDIATELY PLACED ON LOCKDOWN...((Drue Brown/Public Information Officer Brownsville ISD SOT:Numerous officers responded to the scene immediately when they entered the school the student engaged the officers and the officers shot the student.))TURNS OUT, THE WEAPON THAT THE STUDENT "ENGAGED" OFFICERS WITH WAS A *PELLET* GUN THAT ONLY LOOKED LIKE A REAL HANDGUN.STILL POLICE SAY THE TEEN HAD PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITES TO DROP IT BEFORE THEY FIRED 3 SHOTS... BUT HE IGNORED THEIR CALLS.BROWNSVILLE'S POLICE CHIEF SAYS THE BOY WAS HIT AT LEAST TWICE. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT A HOSPITAL.EVEN WITH CLASSROOM DOORS LOCKED AND ALL OF THE SHADES DRAWN...STUDENTS WEREN'T COMPLETELY SHIELDED FROM WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HALLWAY.((Student MOS: Well, all we know is that an eighth grader got shot 3 times. Were you in the school? How was it to be there? Well I heard some gunfires. Scary? Yeah)) THE LOCKDOWN WAS LIFTED ABOUT TWO HOURS AFTER THE SHOOTING... BUT STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WERE RELOCATED WHILE OFFICERS INVESTIGATED.IT WASN'T IMMEDIATELY CLEAR WHY THE STUDENT BROUGHT THE PELLET GUN TO SCHOOL...BUT AUTHORITIES SAY HE PUNCHED ANOTHER BOY IN THE NOSE BEFORE HIS FACE OFF WITH POLICE.___________________________, ASSOCIATED PRESS.