A 7-year-old boy brought a .22-caliber handgun and more than a dozen rounds of ammunition into his Far Rockaway school Thursday, causing a lockdown and sparking a police investigation into how he got the gun, officials said.
The youngster brought the gun to the Wave Preparatory School in his book bag around 7:30 a.m. when he was escorted there by his mother, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Aside from the .22-caliber Phoenix Arms handgun and ammunition, the bag also contained a flare pistol, Browne said. The boy was not identified.
The child's 53-year-old mother discovered he had taken the weapon to school when one of her two adult sons told her the gun had been in the book bag, Browne said. Detectives are trying to determine whether the youngster placed the gun in his bag or if it was put there by one of his two older half-brothers, Browne said.
After learning that the gun had been taken to school, the mother went to Wave Preparatory and tried to take her son out of class, Browne said. The boy then told her he gave the "gun" to a classmate, although he was talking about the flare pistol, Browne said. School safety officers checked the boy's book bag and found the .22-caliber weapon and ammunition, he said.
Wave Preparatory was on lockdown for about an hour, police said. Investigators were probing the actions of the mother and trying to determine which of her older sons may have originally possessed the weapon, Browne said. Police had not determined whether the mother would be charged.
He said that the boy's brothers were known to the NYPD as crime victims and the investigation is ongoing.