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12-year-old boy in Fremont finds gun near school

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A 12 year old boy in Fremont finds a gun on the ground while walking near a school.

Fremont Police Chief Tim Wiersma says it's the third gun to turn up in a month. Chief Wiersma says it's an alarming number for his small town.

The seventh grader and his family recently moved to Fremont to get away from the influence of gangs, guns and drugs in their Columbus neighborhood. Mom was horrified when her oldest arrived home with a weapon.

"My son just came running into the living room and he said, 'Oh! I've got something to show you!' And he got into his backpack and he pulled out a gun," says Cheryl Tolentino of Fremont.

Tolentino's 12 year old son Tyler spotted an unloaded nine millimeter handgun on Monday while he was walking near the intersection of Haynes and Rawson in Fremont. That's about 200 yards from Stamm Elementary School.

Tyler picked up the gun, brought it home to his mom, who called 9-1-1.

"I just didn't expect it here," says Tolentino. "I didn't know how to handle it. I didn't think it was going to come up here. I thought I was away from that."

Chief Wiersma says the gun is still being traced, but believes it may have been stolen last week from Premier Automotive on North Ohio Avenue.

Last month, police say another child brought a loaded gun from his own home to Stamm Elementary's playground on a Sunday.

"Something that could've been hugely tragic, didn't happen," says Chief Wiersma. "Apparently, one of the young people involved ... and there's conflicting stories of who held the gun ... but everybody is saying the other one was trying to pull the slide back and chamber around."

Then two weeks later a stolen handgun was found hidden near Hayes Elementary School.

"The amount guns that we've found for a small town is a lot of guns," says Chief Wiersma. "If it was back in Toledo it might be an every day type of occurance, but we don't live in Toledo."

Chief Wiersma says the schools sent a letter home to parents to talk to their kids about guns and safety. The chief also advises anyone who finds a gun on the street to call 9-1-1 instead of picking it up.
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