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The 15-year-old boy WA Police arrested after a Perth school shooting on Wednesday has been hit with multiple charges, including discharging a firearm in a manner to cause fear and possessing a prohibited weapon.
WA Police claim he brought two rifles to Atlantis Beach Baptist College, sending terrified children and teachers into a frantic lockdown as gunshots rang out in the car park, with two bullets hitting a demountable classroom.
WA Police body-worn footage Atlantis Beach Baptist College showing 15-year-old suspect, rifles, bullet holes, bullet casings. Picture: WA PoliceCredit: WA Police
The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has also been charged with driving without a licence, three counts of possessing a firearm or ammunition without a licence, and an unlawful act with intent to harm as a result of the Major Crime Squad probe.
He is expected to go to Banksia Hill Detention Centre before fronting Perth Children’s Court on Friday.
The state has been left reeling in the wake of the incident, with Premier Mark McGowan vowing to overhaul the state’s gun laws in a bid to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.
“Whether it’s kids or your own children or anyone else, they should not be able to get access to any firearms,” McGowan said.
“But in any event, we’re going to have a major rewrite of the gun laws of the state.”
The dramatic arrest was caught on police body cam footage, which captured police detaining the boy after he allegedly fired three shots at the school from the vehicle.
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