PD: Gunshots fired by suspended student outside Phoenix school

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A 13-year-old student, who had been suspended last week from Maurice C. Cash Elementary School, is in police custody after allegedly firing a gun into the air near the school on Monday.

The school, on Roeser Road near 35th Avenue and Broadway Road, was immediately put on lockdown.

"The faculty is very concerned about this student's behavior and his actions and is taking it very seriously," said Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Dept.

According to police the eighth grader had a handgun when he was seen by school staff in an alley between the school and some homes.

"They witnessed him as he fired what appears to be several rounds into the air before fleeing from the school," said Crump. "So apparently they saw him with the gun upward pointed in the air and firing rounds randomly in the air."

There were no children outside at the time of the incident and nobody was hurt.

Police said the student fled from the area to his home nearby. That's where police found the teen hiding in the backyard.

Officers also found some high-powered weapons in the backyard of that home.

An adult male who was inside the home eventually surrendered to police, but earlier he had refused to open the door for officers, according to Crump.

Police said the student was suspended from school last Tuesday for threatening others, but police did not say if he was threatening students or staff.

He reportedly returned to the school on Friday and was told to leave.

"There's no doubt that it has put a lot of fear in not only the students and the faculty at the school," Said Crump. "We all know the theory of what goes up must come down and we're in a neighborhood, we're around a school and so this certainly is a case where this young man is going to face additional charges."

The school is in the Laveen Elementary School District.