U.S. boy, 9, charged in shooting of third-grade classmate

A 9-year-old Washington state boy accused of bringing a loaded gun to third-grade, where it went off in his backpack and critically wounded a classmate, was charged on Thursday with assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, Reuters reports. Meanwhile the 8-year-old victim, Amina Kocer-Bowman, remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, one day after suffering gunshot wounds to her arm and abdomen. The boy, a third-grade student at Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton, Washington, was scheduled for an initial court appearance in the case later on Thursday…

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