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CNN Today

Michigan School Shooting: Prosecutors May Charge Some Adults

Aired March 1, 2000 - 1:35 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: This is the second day running that we're reporting gun terror in the United States.

Prosecutors say they may charge some adults in connection with yesterday's school shooting near Flint, Michigan. Prosecutors are telling us a 6-year-old boy killed a 6-year-old girl, and investigators want to know how the boy got the gun.

CNN's Ed Garsten has the latest on the investigation. He joins us from Mount Morris Township -- Ed.

ED GARSTEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Lou, we have just learned within the past few minutes that not only have the police arrested one man this morning, but another man that they had been looking for turned himself in saying, he wanted to clear this up. Police are interested in talking to these two men; that's because the 6-year-old girl, who was the victim in this, 6-year-old Kayla Rowland was killed with a .32 caliber hand gun. A gun that was reported stolen in December. Police believe that one of these men may have something to do with that weapon. They want a fuller understanding of how the boy, a 6-year-old boy got that gun.

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ART BUSCH, GENESEE COUNTY PROSECUTOR: Last night, we, I authorized a search warrant for this home on Julius Street. The police went to the home. They did find drugs, and they did find a stolen weapon in the home. That was a shotgun which was loaded. The little boy is out of this home at the present time staying with relatives, both him and his brother are, now, out of the home.

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GARSTEN: Now Julius Street that the prosecutor is referring to is the street where the home is, where the boy was staying. They have described it as a flop house. That he was living with a man who was described as an uncle, but possibly not really a relation at all, that there's been a constant collection of people that have been and going in that house, weapons readily available as well as illegal drugs. Meanwhile, out here today at Buell Elementary School, the flag is at half staff. There's been a stream of students, community members who have dropped off stuffed animals, flowers, notes, candles, hugging each other, crying in memory of little Kayla. Some of them have also gone inside to take advantage of the grief counselors that have been made available for them.

Ed Garsten, CNN, reporting live from Mount Morris Township, Michigan.

WATERS: Ed, about the gun and the law in Michigan about making it available to a child. What are the legal ramifications of these adults who are being taken into custody?

GARSTEN: Lou, it's a gray area, as a matter of fact the prosecutor said, today, at this time he doesn't know if he can charge any of the people that may have made the weapon available to the boy. He had said yesterday, he hoped to charge them with manslaughter. He's not so sure now, said that needed to be researched and he hoped to have an answer by tomorrow.

WATERS: And the custody situation, you said the boy is with relatives. This house has been described as a flop house. Is there some possibility the boy may be taken under the protection of the state in this matter.

GARSTEN: Indeed he may, Lou. A decision will be made some time today. He was in the custody of the state Social Service agency yesterday, then released to a relative. He's expected once again to be taken under custody, it's called a Family Independence Agency where in Michigan. There needs to be a decision, they say that could come some time today, possibly tomorrow, as to whether he'll be released once again to a relative, or remain in the custody of the state.

WATERS: All right, CNN's Detroit Bureau Chief, Ed Garsten in Morris Township, that's in Mount Morris Township in Michigan, scene of yesterday's shooting, and he'll keep us advised of further developments.

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