Police: Suspect in accidental shooting at elementary school surrenders


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man suspected of accidentally shooting a parent at Simonsdale Elementary School in Portsmouth last week turned himself in, police say.

A Portsmouth police spokesperson confirmed 29-year-old Antonio Duane Mills surrendered at 10 p.m. on Monday.

The shooting happened minutes before dismissal on Nov. 19.

Police said a gun Mills had in his pocket discharged as he was entering the school. The bullet ricocheted off the floor and grazed another parent’s leg.

Mills turned and ran away from the school following the incident, according to police.

The 29-year-old is currently being held at Portsmouth City Jail. He is charged with possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a firearm by felon and reckless handling of a firearm.

Mills was arraigned on Tuesday and released on a $15,000 bond.

Since he bonded out, Mills was ordered that he can’t be anywhere near or on any Portsmouth Public Schools properties. He is under pre-trial supervision.

Mills is due in court Jan. 11, 2019 for a preliminary hearing.

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