8-year-old has 9 mm magazine at school
CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an incident in which an 8-year-old had a loaded magazine for a 9mm handgun at Booker T. Washington School.
Police were called to the school, 606 E. Grove St., C, Friday after the magazine fell from the child’s coat pocket at recess.
No other children came in contact with the magazine, according to a news release issued Monday afternoon by Champaign police.
Police obtained a warrant for a home following the incident, and during their search, found ammunition and drug paraphernalia, according to the release.
Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said Monday afternoon that there had been no arrests "at this time" and that the investigation is continuing.
Police urged parents to teach their children about gun safety. Parents should store guns and ammunition so they are inaccessible to children and others. Children should be taught to avoid touching guns or ammunition and to leave the area and notify a trusted adult.