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Teen Who Carried Gun into HS Basketball Game Charged

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A 17-year-old who was spotted with a gun in his pocket while seated in the bleachers at a basketball game at Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Mich., now faces four felony charges related to the incident.

As reported by Mid-Michigan NOW, the teen has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, resisting and obstructing police, and two counts of felony firearm.

Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton claims that police spotted the teen in the bleachers with a visible outline of a gun in his pocket. When they approached the teen, he ran and ignored the police's directives to stop. While the teen was running, police could see the firearm concealed in his pocket.

Friday's incident came six months after a 15-year-old was shot in the Carman-Ainsworth parking lot during a fight spawned by a June basketball tournament that wasn't sanctioned by the school district.

Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools superintendent Eddie Kindle told the news outlet that the school district will be ramping up security efforts at all athletic games moving forward, including not allowing bags or purses into sporting events and using some sort of a metal detector when people are entering the event to ensure the safety of the community. Currently, law enforcement and school staff are brought into athletic events to maintain safety.

Flint Township Police Chief Kevin Salter said the 17-year-old City of Flint resident that was apprehended and in possession of a concealed pistol at Friday's basketball game is not a Carman-Ainsworth student and has no affiliation with the school district.

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