PHOENIX - A 13-year-old boy is in custody after allegedly firing several shots near a Phoenix elementary school on Monday.
The teen had been suspended for behavioral issues according to Associated Press reports, and was initially seen on Friday near the Cash Elementary School campus which is located at 38th Avenue and Roeser Road.
Sgt. Trent Crump tells ABC15 that his suspension was ending and he was supposed to go back to school Tuesday.
Crump said the suspect went to the school to try to meet up with friends during lunch break, and an administrator spotted him and yelled at him to leave.
"The teachers yelled at me and I yelled back," the suspect said from the back of a patrol car about why he was suspended. He denied firing any shots, and joked when talking to reporters.
Police believe the teen opened fire as a show of intimidation, as shots were not fired directly at the school or any person.
The teen ran to his home and was found hiding in the backyard.
A rifle and shotgun were also found on the property.
Police say the school was on lockdown, and parents were notified via automated phone calls, and students were sent home with a letter upon being released at 2:30 p.m.
"If that is what this kid did then he needs to be dealt with," said parent Augustine Costa who learned about what happened when he picked up his grand daughter.
The suspect's father and a 14-year old are being questioned.
There were no injuries, and the student is in custody. He is facing a charge for a Shannon's Law violation, which makes it a felony to fire a weapon in the city limits.
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