Boy pleads guilty to Roswell school shooting

Associated Press

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire in a Roswell middle school gym has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the shooting that injured two students.

Attorneys for the boy read a statement in court Friday saying he takes full responsibility for the shooting and apologizing to the victims' families.

Roswell police said the boy took a sawed-off shotgun to Berrendo Middle School on Jan. 14 and opened fire on students as they waited for classes to begin. A 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were injured.

The boy was charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of carrying a firearm on school premises.

Sentencing is set for July 2. As a juvenile, he faces possible detention until he's 21 years old.