BREMERTON, Washington, Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – Eight-year-old Amina Bowman, a third grader at Armin Jahr Elementary School was rushed to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen by a fellow student. The alleged shooter also a 3rd grade boy in custody as the investigation of the incident is underway.
Police said the third-grade boy was being questioned and a firearm was found in a classroom. No other details about the shooting were immediately available.
The story unfolded at approximately 1:30 p.m. The victim identified as Amina Kocer-Bowman was shot in the stomach, and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. According to sources She was alert and conscious at the time, and was immediately taken into surgery at the hospital. “I ask my friends to pray for her,” said Cindy Kocer, The injured girl’s grandmother.
Armin Jahr Elementary has about 400 students said a school spokes person. The school will reopen Thursday and three counselors will talk to teachers, students and parents.
It is not known at this time if the shooting was the result of an accident or it was intentional.