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Two Arrested in Central Middle School Gunshot Incident, More Details Released 1-12-16

Original Release:

The Dover Police Department is currently on scene at Central Middle School (211 Delaware Avenue, Dover, DE) in response to a gunshot inside the school.  The incident occurred at approximately 12:15PM.  Officers responded immediately and have two suspects in custody and the firearm has been recovered.   Early indications are that one of the two students brought the firearm to school and possibly gave it to another student.  The student in possession of the firearm took it into a restroom and fired it one time.  It is unknown if the gun was fired intentionally or not.  There are no injuries to report.  In cooperation with Central Middle School staff, the school is currently on lock-down as a precaution as police and school staff check the school for any further issues.  This incident is not believed to have any relation to the bomb threat at Central Middle School which occurred earlier this morning. We will provide further information as it becomes available.


Complaint # 50-16-1229

Date/Time:  Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 at 12:15PM

Location:  Central Middle School, 211 Delaware Avenue, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


At approximately 12:15PM, officers from the Dover Police Department responded to a call of a gunshot inside of Central Middle School.  Originally, staff members heard the sound from the shot and checked a boys restroom on the 1st floor.  Inside, they discovered a toilet was damaged and water was leaking in the restroom.  Staff from the school, including a School Resource Officer quickly reviewed video footage and observed Nasir Bush (13) as the only student in the restroom at that time.  The School Resource Officer and staff quickly took Bush into custody without incident.  Shortly after, officers located the gun (Smith and Wesson .380 handgun) in a second floor restroom after question Bush to find its whereabouts.  During the immediate investigation, it was learned that Bush took the gun from Aaron Carrilo’s (12) locker.

Officers and school officials quickly located Carrilo, who admitted to stealing the gun from his father and bringing it to school to give to Bush.

Nasir Bush was alone in the restroom at the time the shot was fired.  No injuries occurred to any students or staff during this incident, but there was some damage to school property as a result of the gunshot.  Central Middle School was placed on lockdown for a period of time until the school was determined to be safe.  At approximately 1:30PM, Central Middle School resumed normal operations.  Dover Police officers remained on scene throughout the remainder of the day and through dismissal to ensure the safety of the students and faculty, as well as to maintain order while parents were picking up their children from school.

This incident came after a bomb threat was called in to Central Middle School earlier in the morning, in which the school was deemed to be safe after being searched by Dover Police and other agencies.  The Dover Police Department is confident that the two events are completely unrelated despite the timing.

Bond information was not available at the time of release, as both Carrilo and Bush were awaiting arraignment.  However, they will be charged with the following offenses as a result of the shooting incident:

Aaron Carrilo (Mugshot Not Available at Time of Release)
Age: 12
-Possession of Handgun by Prohibited Juvenile
-Possession of a Weapon in Safe School Zone
-Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Theft of a Firearm

Nasir Bush (Mugshot Not Available at Time of Release)
Age: 13
-Possession of Handgun by Prohibited Juvenile
-Possession of a Weapon in Safe School Zone
-Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Criminal Mischief