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13-year-old Taunton boy in custody for allegedly shooting 12-year-old with mother’s gun

A 13-year-old boy in Taunton allegedly used his mother’s rifle Monday to shoot a 12-year-old boy he was feuding with, police said.

Officers arrived on Highstone Street shortly after noon and found the 12-year-old with a gunshot wound to his rib cage, Taunton Police Lieutenant Paul Roderick said. The bullet went through the boy’s left arm and lodged in his torso, he said.

The two boys live near each other and reportedly had an ongoing grudge, Roderick said. He said he was not sure how their disagreement started or how they communicated.

Those details are “still all being worked out,” he said.

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On Monday, the 12-year-old and two other boys walked to an area near the suspect’s home, Roderick said. This may have made the 13-year-old feel threatened, and he allegedly retrieved a .22-caliber long rifle, which was legally registered to his mother, from a locked cabinet, Roderick said. He then went outside.

“My understanding is he fired one warning shot, and then he aimed the .22 long rifle at the victim and shot him,” he said.

The victim was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, Roderick said. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The 13-year-old was held on charges of one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, discharging a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling, and carrying a loaded weapon without a license. He will appear in juvenile court this week. Police did not identify him because he is a minor.


J.D. Capelouto can be reached at jd.capelouto@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jdcapelouto.