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Citizen calls police after spying elementary school kid with gun

Posted at 6:43 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 18:43:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Someone passing Fairfield Court Elementary on Thursday morning said they witnessed an 8-year-old boy showing another child what appeared to be a gun.

The citizen approached the children and confiscated what was determined later to be a pellet or BB gun, according to police.

Richmond Police responded to the school.

"That's scary,” said LaTonya Hargrove. “What if it wasn't a BB gun? Anything could have happened.”

The school resource officer was notified, along with precinct officers and school officials. The incident did not actually occur on school property, rather as the kids were walking to the school.

"I want to know everything that's going on around here,” Hargove said. “I want to know what's going on every second..that's the most important thing.”

Hargrove lost her brother to gun violence six months ago in the city, and said she is extra sensitive to incidents like this.

She's now raising his four sons, her nephews who all attend Fairfield Court Elementary.

While she's relieved the kids had a BB gun, she still wants to remind her nephews and all kids to think long and hard about the choices they make.

Their safety, she said, is the most important thing.