Fake gun found in same district of fatal shooting

January 10, 2012 - 6:00 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities in the same South Texas school district where a student brandishing a pellet gun was fatally shot by police last week have found a gun that shoots blanks and a machete in a student's car on another campus.

Brownsville school district spokeswoman Drue Brown says campus police acting on a tip found the items Tuesday morning at Lopez High School. She says the student and a parent were at the school and gave police permission to search the vehicle.

Brown says no one at the school was in danger and police were questioning the student.

The discovery came six days after 15-year-old Jaime Gonzalez was shot and killed in a Cummings Middle School hallway when he refused to put down a pellet gun that police believed was a handgun.