Teenage boy who shot 2 classmates in Philadelphia school bought gun only moments before from a former student because ‘he was going to be assaulted’:
I hate using the Daily Mail as a source. 99% of the time they’re a fear mongering and pearl twisting tabloid. But in that 1% when they actually decide to practice journalism they’re really good at it.
Anyway Philadelphia police are saying that the gunman at the Delaware Valley Charter High School shooting, 17-year-old Raisheem Rochwell, allegedly purchased the gun moments before the shooting took place. Police are also saying that Rochwell bought the gun because he feared he was going to be the victim of an after school assault. Except it was shortly after the gun traded hands when a shot was fired striking two other students. It’s not known if either of the two victims were his intended targets or if the gun went off accidentally.
Rochwell’s attorney is still proclaiming his client’s innocence…
Rochwell ‘is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act,’ said lawyer Amato Sanita, who added that anything that may have happened was not ‘intentional’.
It sounds like they’re going for the accidental discharge defense.
The man accused of selling Rochwell the gun, 18-year-old Donte Walker, has also been arrested. Walker is a former student of the school.
UPDATE 6/30/2014: Walker was sentenced to 6-23 months in prison while Rochwell was given 2 years in juvie.
Suspect in Philly School Shooting Charged as Adult:
Police say that 17-year-old Raisheem Rochwell allegedly shot two students in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School in Philadelphia on Friday. Reports indicate that the shot went through the arm of an 18-year-old female student and struck a 17-year-old male student in the shoulder. The male victim was released from the hospital today.
There is some indication that the shooting might have been accidental however, Rochwell has been charged as an adult and was placed on $500,000 bail. Police originally suspected two other teens but those teens have been questioned and released. Rochwell’s attorney says that his client is innocent of course…
“We can come forward with the judge, explain the extreme circumstances of this case, which the arraignment court judge actually had some note of, that clearly the matter wasn’t malicious,” Sanita said. “The only dispute here is gonna be who did it and how did it happen. It’s our position that it certainly had no connection to the young man that they now have in custody.”
Sanita also added that Rochwell “is not the person who will ultimately be responsible for this act.”
Sanita also suggested that the shooting was an accident.
“Anything you’re hearing out there, this is nothing that involves anything intentional,” he said. “We can make those comments right now, and that’s it.”
He might have a case since police considered other suspects prior to Rochwell not to mention as far as I know the gun has not been recovered. However with Rochwell being charged as an adult with such high bail I wonder if they know more than they’re letting on. Time will tell.