9-year-old boy facing charges after girl is shot in class

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Girl shot: 9-year-old boy in orange jail jumpsuit cries in court
By msnbc.com staff and news services

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – Crying and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, a slight, 9-year-old boy stood before a judge who would determine whether he would face criminal charges in a school shooting that left another third-grader critically wounded.

The week before, court records say, the boy had told classmates that he planned to run away from his uncle’s house, where he has lived since his grandmother died a year ago. He told them he would bring his dad’s gun with him for protection. Instead, he found a gun at his mother’s house, where he had visited over the weekend, records say.

On Wednesday, the boy stowed the .45-caliber Heckler and Koch pistol at the bottom of his backpack. The safety was off and the gun was cocked.

Around 1:29 p.m., one minute before school let out, the boy plopped his backpack on a desk in his third-grade classroom in Bremerton, Wash, a quiet community that is an hour from Seattle by ferry.

The gun went off, making a loud boom, and Amina Kocer-Bowman, age 8, crumbled to the floor, bleeding from a hole in her stomach.

Amina’s teacher administered first aid before a flight across Puget Sound to Harborview Medical Center.

An officer found that the bottom of the boy’s backpack had been blown open where the pistol’s muzzle had been pointed. The gun had another live round in the chamber and a spent .45 casing was still in the pack.

Preliminary hearing
During the hearing on Thursday, the boy sat next to his father, who rubbed his son’s back. After, as officers led the boy away, his father, Jason Cochran, had tears in his eyes as he hugged his son.

"I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake," his father, Jason Cochran, said outside the courthouse, according to The Associated Press.

The boy is being investigated on these charges: Third-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and possession of a firearm on school facilities. Bail was set at $50,000 bail. The boy would be released to his uncle and legal guardian, Patrick Cochran, if it is met.

"He's a good kid. It's all I can say," Patrick Cochran told the AP. "I apologize to the family of that girl. I really do."

Amina remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after undergoing surgery. Her doctor said she would likely stay at the hospital for several weeks and go through more surgeries.

Todd Dowell of the Kitsap County prosecutor's juvenile division told msnbc.com that several of the boy's family members had attended the hearing.

Dowell said that under state law children between 8 and 12 years old can face charges if a court determines the child has the capacity to understand an act is wrong. A capacity hearing in this case is scheduled for March 7.

Bremerton police Lt. Peter Fisher would not discuss whether authorities were investigating any adults in connection with the shooting or release further information about the investigation.

Authorities say the shooting was accidental.

Kids and guns
Twenty-seven states have some form of firearm child access prevention laws. Such laws can include criminal penalties for adults who allow children to get their hands on guns, but Washington is not one of those states, according to the San Francisco-based Legal Community Against Violence.

Gail Hammer, a law professor at Gonzaga University in Spokane, said it is very rare for a child as young as 9 to be charged with a crime. Even if a young child is convicted, they wouldn't be sent to an adult prison, Hammer said.

"Generally with young children they try to deal with it in the juvenile system," she said.

In 2000, 6-year-old Kayla Rolland, a Michigan first-grader, was fatally shot by a 6-year-old classmate who brought a gun from home. Last year, a 6-year-old kindergartner at a Houston elementary school accidentally fired a gun as he was showing it off to friends, injuring three students.

Bremerton Schools spokeswoman Patty Glaser said the school where Wednesday's shooting happened, with about 400 students, was open for classes Thursday with 10 counselors available to talk with teachers, students and parents.

Glaser said the classroom where the shooting took place remained closed and that the students from that classroom have been moved.

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I know it sucks, but a nine-year-old going to jail over it?
 

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Fry that fucker.
 

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Dad says his kid made a terrible mistake? Then why the fuck wasn't your Lil' Angel living with you instead his grandmother/uncle? Oh...that's right. Nevermind. And Mom just has a Gun lying around all willy nilly. Terrific.

Sterilize people at birth, let those with a proven parenting track record to breed. If you're a shitty parent, then your kids are cut off from reproducing. Oh to be able to run the world.
 

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Dad says he's a good kid? Then why the fuck wasn't your Lil' Angel living with you instead his grandmother.
Kinda sounds like mom and dad are the pieces of shit in this story if grandma had to take over. Sounds like the poor kid just wanted out of a fucked up situation after she died.
 

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Dad says his kid made a terrible mistake? Then why the fuck wasn't your Lil' Angel living with you instead his grandmother/uncle? Oh...that's right. Nevermind. And Mom just has a Gun lying around all willy nilly. Terrific.

Sterilize people at birth, let those with a proven parenting track record to breed. If you're a shitty parent, then your kids are cut off from reproducing. Oh to be able to run the world.
Both parents have criminal histories. And of course the uk papers have more details.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105722/Armin-Jahr-school-shooting-Girl-8-fights-life-gun-goes-inside-boys-backpack.html
 

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Fuck the prosecutors who are charging this kid with a crime. It was a tragic accident. Nothing more.
 

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Can a motherfucker get a GTRSpoiler? I wanna see if I won.
 

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Names, Shooter. Come on. Dads name is Jason Cochran? Uncle is Patrick Cochran? See a lot of Shwoogies with names like that?


Maybe Cochran is a slave owning family. Lot of blacks named Jefferson, Davis, and Jackson. Those were all white names at one point.

But you're probably right. Kid's gotta be Asian.

Oh and also,
 

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If he had pulled it out and shot her, I'd say fuck him. But it was an accidental discharge, and he's fucking 9 years old. Sounds like he is paying the price for having a shitty family.
 

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If he had pulled it out and shot her, I'd say fuck him. But it was an accidental discharge, and he's fucking 9 years old. Sounds like he is paying the price for having a shitty family.
He was an accidental discharge.

Accidental discharges happen in a firing range, not in a fuckin school. The kid is retarded and shot a girl in the stomach. Shit happens right.

No one is saying he did it on purpose. Just that he should be hung and thrown down a 80 foot water well.
 

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Can a motherfucker get a GTRSpoiler? I wanna see if I won.


The 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate at a Bremerton, Wash. elementary school, left, appears in Kitsap juvenile court with his uncle and legal guardian, Patrick Cochran, center, and his father, Jason Cochran
(AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Angela Dice)
 

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The 9-year-old boy accused of accidentally shooting a classmate at a Bremerton, Wash. elementary school, left, appears in Kitsap juvenile court with his uncle and legal guardian, Patrick Cochran, center, and his father, Jason Cochran
(AP Photo/Kitsap Sun, Angela Dice)
Asian. I knew it.
 

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No jail time:

SEATTLE - Prosecutors are expecting the police investigation into a shooting at a Washington elementary school to include a harder look into what role adults played in a 9-year-old boy bringing a gun to school.

And Kitsap County's top prosecutor says his office will seek probation and treatment for the boy - but not confinement - in connection with the incident, in which the gun discharged and injured one of the boy's classmates.

"Nobody is trying to lock this little boy up," Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Haugen told the Kitsap Sun.

Charging documents showed the boy obtained the .45-caliber handgun during a visit with his mother, Jamie Lee Chaffin. The gun discharged in his third-grade classroom, critically wounding an 8-year-old girl.

"I fully expect all aspects into the case to be investigated," Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Ione George said Friday, adding that her office is "interested" in how the boy obtained the gun.

So far, only the boy has been charged - with unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third-degree assault. Bremerton police have remained mum on the investigation and how much of a focus is on the boy's mother.

"I'm getting that question quite a bit," said Lt. Peter Fisher. "I'm not able to comment on that until the investigation is complete."

Authorities said the weapon discharged from inside the boy's backpack just before classes let out Wednesday, and a bullet struck Amina Kocer-Bowman in the arm and abdomen.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Kocer-Bowman underwent another surgery Friday and remains in critical condition.

"She'll have multiple surgeries moving forward," Gregg said.

The boy has left the juvenile detention facility after someone posted $50,000 bail, said Todd Dowell of Kitsap County prosecutor's juvenile division.

At a court hearing Thursday, Kitsap County officials said the boy's parents had extensive criminal records.

Court documents show Chaffin sued the boy's father - Jason Cochran - for failing to pay child support. She also has been in and out of the court system, according to court documents. In 2005, she was arrested for possession of methamphetamine in Bremerton but pleaded guilty to a drug paraphernalia charge. She also was convicted of marijuana delivery and forgery.

Jason Cochran has been convicted multiple times for violating protection orders regarding Chaffin.

Cochran and an uncle showed up to Thursday's court hearing and apologized to girl's family. Cochran said the gun belongs to the Chaffin's boyfriend. He said wanted police to investigate her.

"I've called to their mother. She won't accept my calls," he said.

While charges have been filed against the boy, the child will not be arraigned until the court determines whether he has the capacity to understand that what he did was wrong.

Under state law, children between 8 and 12 years old can face charges if a court makes such a determination. A capacity hearing in this case will be scheduled in two weeks.

If the judge decides the boy knew, the charges go forward.
 

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It's a shame the parents can't be tried for their negligence.
 

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If he had pulled it out and shot her, I'd say fuck him. But it was an accidental discharge, and he's fucking 9 years old. Sounds like he is paying the price for having a shitty family.
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