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13-year old arrested after shooting scare

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Caption: Rose Patrick Frank embraces her son, Scott, 12, after a 13-year-old boy fired a shot into the cafeteria ceiling at Dimmitt Middle School in Renton, Wash.

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RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- A 13-year-old boy who caused a panic at a summer school when he fired a shot into a cafeteria ceiling was arrested Tuesday after contacting sheriff's officers from his grandparents' house.

No one was injured in the incident Monday at Dimmitt Middle School. Tuesday's classes were canceled.

The boy's mother notified authorities that her son wanted to turn himself in, and he was arrested peacefully at his grandparents house for investigation of assault with a firearm and reckless endangerment, King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart said.

Urquhart said he did not know if a gun was recovered from the boy. He was to be taken to the county juvenile justice center in downtown Seattle following initial questioning at an undisclosed location.

The sheriff's office declined to identify the seventh-grader, who had dyed his blond hair blue at the ends and was described as friendly and responsible by school staff.

"They're telling me this kid was very cooperative, they've never seen anger or violence of that type from him," school spokesman Peter Daniels said earlier.

An aunt told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that the boy, the oldest of three siblings, was being raised by a single mother. But she said the boy had not done well in school the past year and was attending summer school remedial classes.

During the week, the boy stayed with grandparents who live near the school so he could arrive at class on time, police said. During weekends, he stayed with his mother. Investigators believe the boy took the gun from his grandparents' home, Urquhart said.

Neighbors said the mother moved the family often, recently vacating a house she had bought from her parents. They said the boy would return and break in so he and his friends would use the house.

Urquhart said the boy got on a table at about 10:30 a.m. Monday and shot a round into the ceiling. He ordered the other 200 students to get on the stage in the cafeteria, but they scattered and ran.

Brittany Lamb, 14, was sitting at the same table when the youth stood up and fired. She said she was too scared to move, and he threatened her directly.

"He put the gun right up to my face and he said, 'I'm going to kill you if you don't get up on the stage.' I was frozen. I could not move at all," Brittany said.

Cylas Sampson, 13, said the boy had shown him a gun and a large knife. "I thought it was a fake," he said.