It’s perfectly legitimate question, one that continues to haunt the city of Chester.
What is a 16-year-old kid doing with a gun on a Chester school bus?
And maybe more important, where did the gun come from and how did it wind up in the hands of a teenager who police say opened fire after getting off the bus.
Those questions are being asked by people like Fran Stier and the Rev. Bernice Warren. They’re active in a group called Heeding God’s Call, a faith-based anti-violence organization.
And they’re not the only ones.
Chester police also are pressing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, which resulted in adult charges being filed against a 16-year-old after police say he opened fire, wounding one teen in the buttocks. Incredibly, no one was more seriously injured.
Chester Police Chief James Nolan said his department is pushing their investigation, in particular trying to track where the gun came from that wound up in the hands of 16-year-old Josue Fernandez.
Nolan knows there are entirely too many guns on Chester’s streets, and a big part of the problem is illegal gun sales, known as straw purchases. That is what happens when someone who is not legally allowed to purchase a handgun hooks up with someone who can legally make the purchase. Bottom line? The gun winds up in the wrong hands.
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