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Teenage student shoots 14-year-old schoolmate while trying to scare him

By Emily Lewis 5:38 AM November 27, 2017
Artnell Shemar Brown

A student was arrested for shooting a 14-year-old boy over an argument that began on a school bus in Florida.

Artnell Shemar Brown of Royal Palm Beach was charged as an adult for the shooting that occurred when he was 17-years-old.

The shooting took place on a school bus two weeks before Brown’s 18th birthday.

Brown was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a weapon on school property.

He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on $150,000 bond.

According to an arrest report, Brown was not on his regular school bus. He took a different bus because he wanted to visit a friend in another neighborhood.

At some point, a 14-year-old boy bumped into Brown on the school bus. Brown then asked the boy if he had a “problem.”

The discussion continued after the children got off the bus.

Brown pulled a pistol from his waist, pointed at the boy, and cocked it, the report said.

Fearing for his life, the victim reached for the gun. During the fight, the gun discharged and the victim was shot in the right foot.

Police were called and Brown was arrested. Brown told West Palm Beach police that he only intended to scare the boy with the gun and that it accidentally went off.

Brown told the police that he brought the gun to school for his personal “protection.”

He claimed that he did not take it on school premises but that he hid the gun in a garbage can in a park near Royal Palm Beach High School and then retrieved it at the end of the school day.

The victim, who is a ninth-grade student, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

No further details of his condition was released.

During his court appearance, a judge ordered Brown not to have any contact with Royal Palm Beach High School, the victim, or the county school buses.

If he posts bail, Brown will be placed under house arrest and he will have to wear a GPS monitor.