7-year-old student found with .40 caliber gun on campus; Uncle faces charges, Rocky Mount Police say

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Monday, September 25, 2023
Uncle facing charges after 7-year-old brings gun to Rocky Mount school
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Police execute a search warrant on a Rocky Mount house in connection to the case, confiscate guns from a man who is the child's uncle

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) -- An elementary school student brought a gun to class in Nash County on Friday, and now the child's uncle is facing charges.

Nash County Public Schools said thanks to a tip from another student at Winstead Avenue Elementary School, the School Resource Officer (SRO) was able to confiscate a gun and remove the 7-year-old student who had the weapon. NCPS said the student will face disciplinary measures in accordance with the district's code of conduct

"We urge all students to 'See something, Say something' and report concerns to a teacher or trusted adult. We are committed to keeping our community informed as the investigation continues," the district said in a statement.

On Monday, Rocky Mount Police announced that 30-year-old Anival Puddy is facing charges in the investigation. RPD said Puddy is the 7-year-old's uncle.

Police said their investigation determined the .40-caliber gun came from Puddy's house in Rocky Mount.

Officers also seized an additional four firearms from Puddy's home as part of the investigation and one of those had been reported stolen out of Lillington, RPD said.

Puddy is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and improper storage of firearms to protect minors.

Puddy was given a $50,000 bond and was released after posting bond.

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