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WA boy who brought gun to school due in court

Wash. boy, 9, who brought gun to school could face charges; classmate, 8, critically wounded By The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) ' A prosecutor says he expects to file charges against a 9-year-old boy who brought a gun to a Washington state elementary school that went off and critically hurt a young classmate.

Todd Dowell of the Kitsap County prosecutor's juvenile division says his office is still going through police reports, and he hasn't determined what the charges would be.

The boy is due in court for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Thursday ' 24 hours after emergency crews responded to the school shooting.

Eight-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman remained in critical condition Thursday morning after undergoing surgery.

Dowell says 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.

On Wednesday, Bremerton police characterized the shooting as accidental.

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