UPDATED: 10/16/2013 3:55 p.m.
BERKELEY, Ill. (CBS) — A 12-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday, after accidentally firing a gun inside a restroom at a west suburban middle school.
Berkeley Police Chief Dale Gustafson said police were called to MacArthur Middle School around 3:30 p.m. after shots were fired in the school.
Gustafson said a 12-year-old boy had a 9mm semiautomatic pistol in the waistband of his pants. The gun went off and damaged a toilet while the boy was in the restroom.
“It’s looking like it was more of an accidental discharge with the gun. He had taken the gun to school. We asked him why he even took the gun to school, and he … just flat out said he didn’t know,” Gustafson said. “So we don’t think there was anything, as far as he was angry with anybody.”
The student was alone in the bathroom when the shot was fired, Gustafson said.