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Police: Boy ‘heard voices’ telling him to kill student who called his friend ‘gay’

Police: Boy ‘heard voices’ telling him to kill student who called his friend ‘gay’

VANCOUVER, Wash. — An 11-year-old boy who took a gun and ammunition to his middle school heard voices in his head telling him to shoot another boy that he thought was bullying his friend, police said in a court document released Thursday.

Quincy J. Tuttle brought the gun to school to shoot another 11-year-old student because the other student called his friend “gay,” the affidavit says.

Quincy Tuttle
Quincy Tuttle

“He stated a voice told him killing (the student) was a good idea,” according to the affidavit.

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Tuttle was arrested Wednesday after police said he was found with a gun, knives and more than 400 rounds of ammunition at Frontier Middle School. No one was hurt, and the school returned to normal after a two-hour lockdown, reported The Columbian.

Police said Tuttle was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but court documents indicate the court found probable cause only for attempted assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon at school.

The boy’s mother reportedly called the school and said her son had taken some kitchen knives. The school resource officer took him to the principal’s office where police said they found a .22-caliber handgun in his pants pocket and two loaded magazines in another pocket.

More ammunition and the knives were found in the backpack, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

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Prosecutors are still gathering information from the police investigation and can’t say yet when the boy will be charged, said Kasey Vu, the senior deputy prosecutor supervising the juvenile unit.

Superior Court Commissioner Dayann Liebman ordered Tuttle to undergo a mental competency evaluation on Thursday; he remained in custody and his case will be reviewed Friday.

Police said in the affidavit that Tuttle told authorities he planned to shoot the student he felt was bullying his friend “in the arm and then shoot himself in the head.”

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