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Accused Roswell shooter moved to local detention center

Created: 01/31/2014 6:23 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The 12-year-old accused of shooting two students at a Roswell middle school is back in Chaves County tonight.

After more than two weeks in an Albuquerque facility, Mason Campbell has been booked into a juvenile detention center.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to some Roswell parents who are supporting the boy’s family.

It’s the first time since the shooting nearly two and a half weeks ago that Mason Campbell has been back in Chaves County.

The 12-year-old is staying at the Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center.

He was booked there after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation in Albuquerque.

"Well I'm glad that he is back, maybe he can I guess be with his parents to visit, some people to show him some support," said Kim Spear.

Spear’s son is going to be a student at Berrendo Middle School next year.

She said she feels for Campbell’s parents.  

“It’s hard because I know my son is 11 and he just bottles things up.  You try to talk to him, it's just really hard to know sometimes what they're thinking," said Spear.  “Children don't come with a book to tell you how to raise them.  It's just a difficult situation."

Krisann Robles has a 10-year-old son.

“The fact that he's in Roswell, I think is good.  He'll have support from family and friends.  But I don't know that there is an appropriate facility in Roswell," said Robles.

"I hope that he does get the help that he needs and the guidance to figure out what he did. And how it impacted a whole community of people, not just himself,” said Spear.

Campbell is charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

He's also charged with carrying a firearm onto school grounds.

Campbell’s arrest comes more than two weeks after the shooting.

It was January 14, at around 8:00 a.m., when police said Mason Campbell walked into the gym at Berrendo Middle School.

He shot two students, a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.

Campbell was taken to a psychiatric facility in Albuquerque that day.

On January 21, a Chaves County judge ordered Campbell’s psychiatric evaluation be completed within 60 days.

On Thursday, the 12-year-old was booked into the Chaves County Detention Center.


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