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Man charged in connection with gun incident in school

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NEW LONDON, CT (AP) -

A New London man has been arrested in connection with an incident at a city middle school in April when a student accidentally fired a gun in a bathroom. No one was injured.

Authorities say 39-year-old Richard Velazquez turned himself in Wednesday and was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and risk of injury to a minor.

Police say an 11-year-old boy took a gun that Velazquez illegally possessed into Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School on April 29 and it accidentally fired when he was showing it to friends. Officers arrested the boy, whose name wasn't released because of his age, and he also was suspended from school.

Velazquez is detained on $150,000 bail. His response to the allegations isn't known. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

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