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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 10

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Thursday, March 26, 1998
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THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 S c 10A Boys could get short sentences .99 52" Flush Mount mSmmW WithTigM SSSP s7 a or 5 Bladot QUIET QUALITY FANS AT FACTORY DIRECT PRICES! GULF COAST! 1 IJWSIIHJ I were hidden "all over the house," Golden said. Golden said the guns taken from his house were a 30.06 rifle and a .44-caliber Magnum with scopes and a World War II vintage .30-caliber carbine. Also stolen were a pair of small semiautomatic pistols, a .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver and a .22-caliber Magnum two-barrel Derringer that didn't work. Police say they recovered a 30.06 rifle and a .44aliber rifle after tackling the boys as they ran away from the school toward the detention that could prolong their sentence, prosecutors said. "We're looking at all other options," including federal charges against the two boys, said Davis. He would not say what those might include. Law-enforcement officers said the two boys, dressed head to toe in camouflage and hidden in a grove of trees, opened fire on students at the schoolyard of Westside Middle School about lunchtime Tuesday as the 11-, 12-and 13-year-olds filed outside the school on what they thought was a fire drill. 52" 99 Tai W .WW" nor Ight taasT ar vtnn u SCHOOL SHOOTING From 1A tin)e. I didn't like them much," she said, going back in her mind to a time when being cruel still meant mean words hurled at her by unruly boys on a school bus. ,' Erica wasn't the only one who was stunned Wednesday. The 11-year-old's grandfather, Doug Golden, tearfully told reporters that the boys had stolen some of the guns from him. ; "They used my guns," he said, his lip trembling. His grandson Andrew, he said, was tutored by his father in the use of guns. :As the cold-blooded nature and awful scope of this crime continued to baffle, prosecutors tried to find a way around a state law that, at least on its face, would require them to try the two boys under the lenient guidelines of juvenile court. The very thing that made the crime so shocking the ages of the two suspects could result in sentences of just a few years in juvenile detention for Mitchell Johnson, 13, and his accomplice, Aridrew, despite the ominous van. But police would not link the guns to Doug Golden. Law-enforcement officials would not comment on most evidence in the case, leaving reporters to find most of their information from the youngest witnesses 1 '7Sh& 9&& 1391M i Location Hiun P&mFORMAHCt man PmnromuAHcm I J I 1 Six remain in hospital In all, 27 shots bored into the bodies of the students and two teachers, one of whom the one killed sheltered students with her own body. Six of the wounded remained hospitalized Wednesday, five in stable condition and one in critical. On Wednesday, several pieces of bloody paper towel were to the shooting. It was they, the students who went to school with the boys, who first provided a motive: that Mitchell and Andrew planned the shooting to get even with a girl vw .... r.cp "LOST OUR LEASE SALE!!" sounding charges of capital Art -si-wr "ww 2 P 7 1 PolyWool BLAZERS -rfK. lUU7o 5 ILK 0 SPORTCOATS who had broken up with Mitchell, and that Mitchell had bragged to them: "I got a lot of killing to do." Andrew, students said, was just mean-spirited. One parent, who knew him, would not let his children play with him, and called him "demented." At the detention hearing, 13-year-old Mitchell sobbed and held his hands together as if praying. Eleven-year-old Andrew seemed unfazed, and smiled at his parents at one point during the hearing. Terry Woodward, Mitchell's NOW$ NOW $ 09 qq Save $90 Save $80 tossed about by the winds and a cinder-block wall was pockmarked by bullet holes. A wreath of flowers lay outside the school, which was closed for the day, and the U.S. flag stood at half-staff. White ribbons put up to honor the victims fluttered in the breeze. On Tuesday after he heard about the shootings, Doug Golden drove from hospital to hospital fearing Andrew might be among the wounded. Instead, he was directed to the sheriffs office. "After we got out to the jail and found him, they brought the guns in and I recognized them," he said. Golden said the boy then admitted stealing three rifles, four handguns and several boxes of ammunition from his house. His grandson had his own weapons, Golden said, including a shotgun, two rifles, a crossbow and a bow, but didn't know the combination to the steel vault at his house where they were kept, so he and Mitchell tried breaking in. "We were told the other boy brought a torch and hammer and ITALIAN WOOL PLEATED SLIDER SLACKS Polyester stepfather, said that contrary to earlier reports, Mitchell is not a cousin of Andrew, "I never heard the kid's name until yesterday," Woodward said. He said the shooting was totally "out of context" for his stepson. Golden said the only male wounded in the shooting, Tristian McGowan, 13, shot twice in the arm, is Andrew's cousin. Andrew's grandfather said the family should have been ask Cracked Ice & Microfiber 3 for 129 3 for SLACKS $ NOW Soy admits stealing guns ; The grandfather said the boy admitted stealing seven guns from him and pulling the fire alarm that forced the victims into the line of fire. ; "He told me he fired some shots," said Golden, who talked to his grandson with police in jail after Tuesday's shooting. ; "He said he shot at a car on the parking lot but 'I don't remember anything after that,' " said Golden, the manager of a wildlife area. Juvenile Court Judge Ralph Wilson ruled Wednesday afternoon that there was sufficient evidence to keep the boys in a jail cell until an April 29 hearing. At that time, said Brent Davis, the county prosecutor, the state plans to file charges of five counts of capital murder and counts of battery for each of the wounded against the boys. But under Arkansas law, anyone under 14 must be tried as a juvenile, and if convicted, can only be held behind bars until their 18th birthday, unless they commit a crime while in juvenile iiappy girls who loved 'Titanic' $ 99 Save $70 99 Save 50 Sportcoat sizes 48-52 add 10 Slacks - Sizes 46 are slightly higher. 300 S. COUNTY ROAD PALM BEACH 655-3921 (A few doors south of Royal Palm Way) Open Daily & Saturday 9:30am -5:30pm ing him if anything was troubling him. "Nobody takes a kid's problems serious because they are kids, but to a kid, they are serious," Golden said. some other tools to try to break into the gun vault and they couldn't do it," he said. 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