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Teen arrested after allegedly pointing gun at girls near Wichita elementary school

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Wichita police say officers arrested a 14-year-old boy who allegedly pulled a handgun and pointed it at a group of girls near a Wichita school Thursday afternoon.

Woodman Elementary, 2500 S. Hiram, was briefly placed on lockdown by Wichita school district officials, Wichita police officer Charley Davidson said. Woodman Elementary is directly across the street from Truesdell Middle School. The middle school had already released students for the day.

School district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said the teen arrested is a high school student. She did not say which school he attended.

Wichita police officers went to the elementary school at about 4:10 p.m. after receiving a call about a disturbance with a weapon. An elementary school employee reported to police that people in the area may have guns, Davidson said.

Officers learned that a verbal fight broke out between a group of five boys and six girls who know each other while they were walking to Woodman Elementary to pick up a younger relative. During the fight, the 14-year-old allegedly pointed a handgun at the girls but didn’t fire it, Davidson said.

Arensman said the incident happened in a neighborhood just to the south or southeast of the elementary school and not on the school’s property.

No one was hurt and the boy was arrested at the scene. He was booked into the juvenile detention center on suspicion of six counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm by a juvenile and unlawful use of a weapon, Davidson said.

Police also found and took the gun, he said.

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Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.
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