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Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 2:32 p.m.

Boy in school shooting says in letter: 'I'm sorry'

SEATTLE -- A 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot and seriously wounded a classmate in a Bremerton elementary school has written a letter apologizing to the little girl.
The letter written on ruled schoolbook paper says: "I'm sorry I hurt you because I brought a gun to school.... I wish everyone was okay."
The letter was part of the boy's sentencing when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the Feb. 22 shooting. His classmate, Amina Kocer-Bowman, was released from the hospital Tuesday. She nearly died after a .45-caliber handgun in the boy's backpack went off when he dropped his backpack on a desk.
The Kitsap County prosecutor has charged his mother and her boyfriend with felony assault, saying they negligently allowed the boy access to the gun. They have pleaded not guilty.
Story tags » CrimeEducation & SchoolsBremerton

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