Gun Allegedly Used by 14-Year-Old in Attempted Robbery at Ohio Elementary School Was Reported Stolen in 2016

A man holds his Glock 9 mm pistol at the Maryland Small Arms Range in Upper Marlboro Maryland. A 9 mm handgun was also allegedly used during the attempted robbery in Ohio. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

The firearm allegedly used by a 14-year-old during an attempted robbery in an Ohio elementary school parking lot was reported stolen two years earlier.

On Monday, a man told police that he met two teenagers, aged 14 and 16-years-old, in the parking lot of Fulton Elementary School in Springfield, Ohio, under the pretense of purchasing a cell phone from them, the Springfield News-Sun reported.

However, when he went to his vehicle to retrieve the money to purchase the phone, the 14-year-old allegedly pointed a gun at him. According to the man, the 14-year-old pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't fire, at which point the 16-year-old fled the scene.

When the 14-year-old attempted to run, the man reportedly hit the teen with his car. First responders were dispatched to the scene and police discovered marijuana and a white powder substance in his possession, according to WHIO TV. The teen was treated at the hospital before being released into police custody.

A police report obtained by the Springfield News-Sunrevealed that the gun, which was identified as a silver cobra handgun, used during the alleged incident was reported stolen to the Clark County Sheriff's Office in 2016 and an ammunition issue was responsible for the gun not firing.

"The gun failed to fire because it was loaded with the wrong caliber of ammunition," it stated. "The gun was located with a 9mm round stuck in the chamber."

An ammuntion loading machine holds assembles 9mm cartridges at Stone Hart Manufacturing, Company. The same size bullet was stuck in the chamber of the firearm that was found at the school Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Newsweek reached out to Clark County Sergeant Denise Jones but did not hear back in time for publication.

Ohio has a law requiring firearm owners to report "forthwith" the loss or theft of a firearm, as outlined by the Giffords Law Center, America's leading policy and research organization for preventing gun violence.

Both teens were arrested and face multiple charges, which, according to Clark County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Vaughn have a gun specification. The 14-year-old was charged with:

  • Attempted murder
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Trafficking in drugs
  • Possession of Drugs

The 16-year-old denied any wrongdoing and was charged with complicity to attempted murder and complicity to aggravated robbery. They are currently being held in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.

This isn't the first time Springfield has had a firearm-related incident and less than a month earlier, a man was robbed at gunpoint when he tried to purchase video games from a couple he met on Facebook, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

He purchased items from the couple on previous occasions, but when the woman went to retrieve the video games, the man pulled out a handgun and demanded he "give up the money."

In March, a student at Lagonda Elementary School in Springfield was suspended for two weeks after he allegedly threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot his teacher, as reported by the Dayton Daily News.

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