Man arrested in connection with accidental shooting at Blossomwood Elementary, DHR investigating


Courtesy: Huntsville Police Department

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The man Huntsville Police arrested after the accidental shooting at Blossomwood Elementary School has convictions in Chicago. Letroy Cole Jr., 41, is the father of the student who police said brought a gun inside the school to show a friend.

Police said the gun somehow went off on Monday, and the student ended up in the hospital with a non life-threatening injury to his hand.

WHNT News 19 confirmed through public records the Cole was received drug manufacturing and felon in possession of a firearm convictions in Chicago. Tuesday, Cole Jr. was charged with fourth-degree receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a pistol. Cole is a convicted felon, police said.

Cole was released from the Madison County Jail Tuesday afternoon on a $6000 bond.

Huntsville police said the student, who is Cole's son, was shot in the hand at Blossomwood Elementary School Monday morning, after police said he brought a weapon to school.

Chief Trial Attorney Tim Gann said police cannot charge Cole for his son's actions because there are no laws in Alabama specifically addressing negligently storing firearms.

Cole was booked into the Madison County Jail on $15,000 bond. He was released on Tuesday afternoon.

Madison County Department of Human Resources is investigating the circumstances surrounding the gun, the Blossomwood incident and the child's home situation.

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back for updates.

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