Police: Teen brings gun to church function
Discovery of a loaded pistol triggered some unwelcome excitement Friday evening at First Baptist Church of North Augusta, when a 14-year-old boy was found to have brought the firearm to a youth gathering, according to a report from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Lt. Tim Thornton, with the agency, was working at a church gathering for young people at about 8:50 p.m. and was approached by a young person who told him there was a gun in a jacket in the area where the program participants had left their jackets, bags and other personal items.
Thornton checked and found a loaded .45 Glock 21, and another program participant told Thornton that the Glock belonged to a boy who was elsewhere in the building at the time, according to the report.
The 14-year-old confirmed that the jacket and pistol were his, but "he forgot he had it on him." His mother arrived and said the pistol belonged to her husband and should not have been in her son's possession. The boy was released to his mom and the pistol was kept as evidence.