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Texas Student Hurt in Shooting

November 17, 1999

DICKINSON, Texas (AP) _ A 15-year-old was critically wounded at his school today when a handgun accidentally discharged while a student was showing it off before classes, police said.

Two students at Dickinson High School southeast of Houston were being questioned about the shooting, in which the boy was hit in the face, police said.

``It kind of freaked me out,″ said student James Joplin, who heard the shot. ``The whole time I was thinking somebody could walk through this door and just shoot me right here.″

After an ambulance took the injured boy away, police confined students to classrooms and scoured the campus for the weapon. The gun was recovered three hours later when a student led police to a hiding place in a nearby apartment complex.

The injured boy was in critical condition at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said spokeswoman Alicia Simmons.

Classes resumed later in the day.

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