AMHERST - Police have charged two teens following an incident in which one boy supplied a handgun to another, who had the loaded weapon in a book bag when he was stopped by police.
The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday when police responded to Spring and Mill streets after someone called police saying they saw a juvenile with a gun.
According to police, the caller was a passenger in a car that drove past two youths walking near the Amherst Public Library on Spring Street and saw one of the teens with a gun in his hand. The caller reported the youth wore a white T-shirt, had long hair and was carrying a book bag, according to police.
When police arrived, they found two teens, one of whom matched the description given by the caller, sitting on a bench in the parking lot of a Cleveland Avenue ice cream stand.
"The one youth admitted to having possession of the gun, but the story of why he had it didn't match up when we later tried to confirm the story he told us with his parents," Amherst police Lt. Joseph Kucirek said.
The 15-year-old told police he was in fear for his life from several people who he claimed wanted to hurt him, Kucirek said. The teen also told police information that led them to believe he was in some type of gang, but officers were unable to verify that "or any other information to show that anyone was after him," Kucirek said.
"We don't know if he took the gun to be cool or was really afraid or something or somebody," Kucirek said. "The one thing we know for sure is that the gun came from someone else's house and was supplied by another juvenile."
The teen's parents told police they were unaware their son had the .38-caliber revolver and knew of no reason why he should have it, police said.
Further investigation revealed the revolver was taken by a 14-year-old boy from his parents' home and given to the 15-year-old, Kucirek said.
"We don't know if the two were friends or what, but we know the 14-year-old took the gun," he said.
Police do not know if the gun was loaded when it was taken from the other boy's home, "but it was loaded when we found it," Kucirek said.
The 15-year-old was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, unruly child, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The 14-year-old was cited for improperly furnishing firearms to a minor. Both youths were referred to Lorain County Juvenile Court authorities on the charges, Kucirek said.
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