Henrico teen likely to tried as adult in school shooting

By Gene Petriello - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The 17-year-old juvenile accused of shooting several times at students on the campus of Virginia Randolph Communty high school in Henrico County will likely be heading to adult court.

The judge transferred the case after hearing the defendant's previous history, along with the nine charges he's now facing.

Several witnesses today in court said the 17 year old fired a gun two times in the air then pointed it at two students, shooting several times.

Investigators say they recovered a 40-caliber gun at the school following the shooting.

The defense attorney says the shooting may be a result of issues during the summer off from school.

"I don't think he went there with the intent to shoot someone," said Brice Lambert.  "It was a poor decision to protect yourself,  but you get back ingot a corner and when they say come at me, then he shows the gun, shoots in the air twice... and as a result, that's why were here in court."

That trail date is set for January 7.   But the attorney for the juvenile will appeal the judge's decision today.

If found guilty, he could be facing a minimum of three, to a maximum of 63 years in prison. He'll be staying in a juvenile detention center for the next 30 days.

This after the judge did find him guilty of brandishing a firearm, a misdemeaner charge.

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