TAUNTON, MA (WHDH/AP) — A 13-year-old boy accused of shooting a 12-year-old following a dispute on Facebook has been released from state custody.
The teen had a dangerousness hearing Wednesday, where he was deemed dangerous.
During his release, he is ordered to be under GPS monitoring.
The shooting happened around noon Monday after the teen was confronted by a group of juveniles at his home in Taunton, police said.
Taunton Police Lt. Paul Roderick said the teen retrieved a .22 long rifle registered to his mother from a locked safe and shot the 12-year-old in a nearby wooded area.
“The young man went home, went into a locked gun cabinet, removed a .22 rifle, came back to were they had engaged in the dispute, fired one warning shot, aimed the rifle at the victim and shot him once,” said Lt. Paul Roderick.
Roderick said the bullet went through the boy’s arm before becoming lodged in his rib cage. Officials transported him to Rhode Island Hospital in stable condition, saying he likely needed surgery.
“I believe that part of this had to do with some texting. Maybe even the defendant felt that he was bullied and he was defending himself. But rather to not report it to the school system or police department, he took it upon himself,” said Roderick. “That’s disheartening.”
The teen has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling.
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