Deputies: Lecanto High student who shot himself during class did not plan to hurt others

Published November 25 2015
Updated November 25 2015

LECANTO — The 15-year-old freshman who shot himself in the head during an English class at Lecanto High School earlier this month has told investigators he did not intend to harm anyone else, even though he walked into class with two fully loaded eight-round magazines, Citrus County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

He also didn't do it after being bullied, the teen told authorities.

But detectives said they still do not know why the student, who is from Homosassa but has not been identified, turned the Walther P1 9mm handgun toward himself the morning of Nov. 10, or why he did it in class.

"Determining motive or a reason for why this shooting occurred has been a priority since day one and continues to be," Capt. Brad Smith said in a news release.

Detectives were able to speak with the student, who is recovering in a Tampa hospital, on Tuesday. His injuries had prevented him from offering a statement earlier, the Sheriff's Office said.

"We were very concerned if he was bullied, and we were very concerned if he had other intentions," sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Yates said. "We're looking at all angles as to why he would have done this."

The incident happened about 10:30 a.m. in a classroom within the Freshman Academy, a wing at Lecanto High dedicated to classes for freshmen. About 22 students and a teacher were in the room at the time.

The student who shot himself was lucid and talking with deputies at the school before being airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital.

"It's a relief to know that he is recovering well, and hopefully, he will get the help he needs in the future," Smith said.

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