Shooting Shakes Mokane

1 decade 1 year 1 month ago Friday, October 19 2007 Oct 19, 2007 Friday, October 19, 2007 8:21:28 AM CDT October 19, 2007 in News

Wednesday evening people in the small town of Mokane could not believe what happened.

Callaway County deputies say an 11-year-old boy shot a man in the wrist and tried to shoot two others this afternoon.

Deputies said the fifth grader walked out of school around 1:30 p.m. before two men caught him stealing weapons from a building.

The boy shot at the two, missing both of them but hitting a third person, Donnie DeBrodie.

Deputies said the boy then stole a truck and crashed it. That is where officials caught up with him.

DeBrodie, the Director of Transportation for the Southern Callaway School District, along with the Mokane Middle School principal, were looking for the student because he didn't return to class after leaving for the bathroom around 1:30 p.m.

The student then went off campus to a nearby farm where the student stole a gun. The farm owner and a friend tried to confront the student but they were shot at. Neither person was injured.

Later when the student was confronted by DeBrodie, the school official was shot in the arm and wrist area. The student then stole the farm owner's truck. Not long after that, the student crashed the truck into a creek. according to a news release, a Callaway County Sheriff's Deputy found the student in the vehicle with a couple of weapons.

The 11-year-old is in custody as of Wednesday night.

Area students were shaken up as teachers locked down the schools.

"He was yelling and telling us to get in the locker room, and the expression on his face kind of told us what was going on. It was pretty scary," said 11th-grade student Josh Ward. "So we got in the locker room, locked all the doors and turned out the lights."

DeBrodie is home tonight after receiving treatment for the gunshot wound.

Police said the minor who shot DeBrodie is facing charges of assault, armed criminal action, burglary and felony stealing.

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