Police arrest teen accused of bringing loaded handgun to school in backpack

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested a Miami Gardens high school student after he allegedly brought a loaded handgun to campus in his backpack.

Miami-Dade Schools Police responded to Miami Carol City Senior High School, along the 3300 block of Miami Gardens Drive, at around 8 a.m., Thursday.

According to the arrest report, Willie Moore, an 18-year-old student at the school, was first spotted with the firearm by a woman on board a Miami-Dade transit bus.

The witness told investigators, “A student with a firearm who was actually sitting next to me by the time he reached his stop by Miami Carol City High School.”

Moore is accused of heading into the school with a “Glock .42 with a magazine containing 10 rounds of ammunition,” according to the arrest report.

After the witness’ tip, police and school officials confronted the teen and confiscated the handgun from his backpack. Investigators also said that the gun was stolen.

However, once Moore was confronted, police said he ran several blocks to an area near Northwest 181st Street and 32nd Avenue.

“We have a perimeter set up between 183 to 175 street,” police said on the radio as they searched for the teen.

Police later caught up to Moore and placed him under arrest. He faces charges that include possession of a firearm on school property, grand theft of a firearm and resisting arrest without violence.

He was later taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where he remains behind bars on $11,000 bond.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials released the following statement after Moore’s arrest:

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is proud of the courageous actions shown by individuals who continue to report suspicious activity. We commend students, employees, parents, and others for going above and beyond to assist us in keeping our schools secure. By working together to keep weapons away from our campuses, we are avoiding potentially tragic situations and ensuring that our schools remain safe havens.”

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