Durham student, 16, arrested after loaded gun found at Riverside High School

jalexander@newsobserver.comDecember 4, 2013 

Steven Michael Carrera

DURHAM COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

— A student was arrested after a loaded gun was found at Riverside High School on Wednesday morning.

Resource officers received an anonymous tip that ninth-grade student Steven Michael Carrera had a weapon on campus.

“Deputies made contact with him while he was in class and were able to get the gun from him without incident,” said Deputy Paul Sherwin, a spokesman for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

Sherwin said the gun was a loaded Leinad DD Double Barrel 45.

The Leinad is a low-priced, low-quality, double-barrel gun. It shoots one barrel at a time and resembles an old-western gun. It takes two hands to shoot.

Carrera, 16, of 1315 Morreene Road in the Chapel Tower neighborhood, was charged with misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, misdemeanor possession of handgun by minor, and felony possession of gun on educational property. He refused to talk to police, Sherwin said.

His bail was set at $100,000.

Under North Carolina General Statutes § 115C-390.10, possession of a firearm on campus means a 365-day suspension.

There were four incidents of “possession of a firearm” during the 2011-12 school year in Durham Public Schools, the latest statistics recorded. There were 142 incidents of “possession of a weapon.”

No students were harmed. The school did not go on lockdown and classes remained in session.

Alexander: 919-932-2008; Twitter: @jonmalexander1

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