Willowridge High School sophomore accused of bringing loaded handgun to school

Edgar Yoel Flores, 17, is charged with carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.

January 24, 2013 2:48:54 PM PST
A student at Willowridge High School in southwest Houston was arrested after a tip led authorities to a handgun with two bullets in the chamber.

Students huddled together after school let out at Willowridge High as many are worried about what happened on campus Wednesday.

"If a kid could come to school with a gun, if they hadn't caught him he could've killed any of us and I have a lot of friends here," said Andy Herrera.

The student, Edgar Flores, was arrested at school Wednesday afternoon. Police say the 17-year-old sophomore was carrying a .38 caliber revolver at school. The gun was allegedly loaded with two rounds and sitting in Flores' front pocket.

"We don't have any indication that he had any plans to carry out anything, especially with just two rounds. It doesn't seem like that would be an obvious plan, but we're still investigating," said Chief David Rider with the Ft. Bend ISD Police Department.

SkyEye 13 HD was overhead just before 2pm as Fort Bend ISD police apprehended Flores. Police say two students had reported the gun to on-campus officers.

"We always ask the students to take an active role in keeping their schools safe and I think they did a phenomenal job. When they noticed something, something didn't seem right, they went and talked to the officer," said Chief Rider.

According to Ft. Bend ISD, school administrators notified parents about what happened with a phone call in the early evening Wednesday. A notice was also put up on the school's website.

Willowridge High School Principal Lee Crews added in the letter, "The District takes this matter very seriously, and at this time we have no reason to believe the student intended to harm anyone...The safety of our students is our top priority."

And Thursday another notice was handed out to students to give to their parents.

"We were all wondering like what is going on. They're sending letters out to everybody about this guy who had a gun. We talked about it in third period; they're like, oh it was nothing serious and I was like hopefully," said Kianna Edwards.

Flores is charged with carrying a weapon in a prohibited place, a third degree felony.

The incident is being investigated by the Ft. Bend ISD police.


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