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March 5, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Warrants out for mom of boy in school shooting and boyfriend

Bremerton police say they now have an arrest warrant for the mother of a 9-year-old boy who took a handgun to school and accidentally shot a classmate last month.

The warrants for Jamie Lee Passmore and her boyfriend, Douglas L. Bauer, were signed by a Kitsap County District Court judge on Monday, police said.

Bremerton Police Department spokesman Lt. Pete Fisher said the two had not been arrested as of 5:40 p.m. Monday.

The loaded gun was inside a backpack carried to Armin Jahr Elementary School by Passmore’s son. On Feb. 22, just before school let out, the boy dropped his backpack on a desk and the gun discharged, wounding 8-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman, police said.

The boy got the gun while visiting the home of his mother and her boyfriend in Allyn, Mason County, police said.

Fisher said in a news release that the H&K .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun the boy took to school was registered to Bauer and had been left in an “open and easily accessible location” on the couple’s property.

Passmore, a felon, is facing two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree. Bauer is facing one count of the same charge.

The boy was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, bringing a dangerous weapon onto school grounds and third-degree assault.

Amina has undergone five surgeries and remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Court documents show the boy’s parents had relinquished custody of him and his siblings. They were living with an uncle, who had custody, and their father when the boy went for a visit at his mother’s home.

Police said that when detectives went to Passmore and Bauer’s home, they found a loaded, unsecured Sig Sauer P226 9-mm pistol on a desk and a loaded Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun leaning against the wall.

Additionally, police said, a witness reported that Passmore drove with a handgun in the glove box.

Police said Bauer provided easy access to his firearms by failing to secure them properly.

Both he and the boy’s mother contributed to the shooting by their actions, police said.

Passmore and Bauer are in Nevada at a NASCAR event, according to the boy’s lawyer, Eric Makus.

 

 

 

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