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Student Killed In Shooting On School Bus

April 3, 1985

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) _ A teen-ager traveling home on a school bus Tuesday was shot and killed by a friend who was showing off with a pistol, police said.

David Astin, 15, was shot in the side of the head about 3:30 p.m. while one of his classmates was showing him a .22-caliber pistol, said Detective John Nelson. He died three hours later, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The classmate, also 16, had carried the gun to Kate Griffin Junior High School, Nelson said.

The boy with the gun was charged with aggravated assault before Astin died and held in the Lauderdale County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

″He said he had taken the gun from his mother’s house,″ Nelson said, adding that the boy was not a discipline problem. ″He had no other problems, he wasn’t angry with the victim.″

School officials said only that the boy with the gun was showing off on the bus, which was carrying about 50 students.

The bus driver, who was not identified, stopped immediately and evacuated the bus. A student called an ambulance from a nearby house, Nelson said.

Nelson had said the shooting seemed accidental, but added that police began investigating because the boy had no right to bring the gun to school.

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