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Fired janitor charged with allegedly bringing loaded gun to school

A former janitor has been charged with allegedly bringing a loaded gun into a school. The gun went off and injured a 10-year-old student.

The incident happened April 5 at St. Josaphat’s Parish School in Milwaukee.

According to a criminal complaint, Heriberto Martin, 59, admitted to having a gun inside the school.

A teacher told police she heard a gunshot and realized the bullet entered her classroom “through a wall approximately one foot from one student’s head, traveling through a second student’s jacket and backpack, and finally striking a third student in the side,” the complaint states.

The student who was struck was not seriously injured.

The teacher told police the bullet left a small red mark on the student’s skin.

Martin told investigators he took his .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol to the school because he wanted to use his work tools to fix an issue with the gun’s slide.

The complaint states Martin said the gun went off while he was working on it.

“The defendant stated that he had made a mistake and had no-one to blame but himself,” the complaint states.

Martin was charged with possessing a gun on school grounds.

If convicted, he faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Police said they were not notified about the shooting until 12 days after it happened.

The archdiocese disputed that statement.

The girl’s mother said school administrators told her that her daughter was not hit by a bullet, but by flying debris.

Sam Brink

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