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Shooter, 13, grabbed gun from backpack and fired at girls at Gulfport pool, witnesses say

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A 13-year-old charged as an adult in a shooting was witnessed grabbing a silver and black revolver from a pink backpack and firing at two girls, a court report says.

The alleged teen shooter was at a pool in the 10900 block of East Taylor Road in Gulfport when police received a report of the shooting about 7:30 p.m. May 21.

Both girls were bleeding but suffering non-life-threatening injuries when officers found them.

Gulfport police officers and detectives said the girls were injured by projectiles from the bullet that broke into metallic fragments once it hit the pavement.

After the shooting, witnesses told police they saw the teen walk back over to where the book bag was and place the gun back inside it before leaving the area.

Both girls were taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport for treatment.

The minor was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault.

He is jailed in Harrison County on a total bond of $100,000 set by Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.

The teen’s preliminary hearing is Wednesday, during which a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to bound the case over to a grand jury for indictment.

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