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Family releases name, photo of first-grader shot in elementary school classroom

Gage Meche (Source: Family) Gage Meche (Source: Family)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The family of a 7-year-old accidentally shot at Moss Bluff Elementary Monday morning has released a photo of the boy recovering in his hospital bed at Women's and Children's Hospital in Lafayette.

Gage Meche underwent surgery Monday following the incident in which another student brought a loaded gun to school in a backpack.

Gage is awake and alert and it appears that the surgery is a success, the family said through attorney Ron Richard.

Here is the family's full statement:

The victim of the shooting is 7-year-old Gage Meche.  The Meche family appreciates the prayers and well wishes of the community.  They ask that everyone take a moment to make sure that any firearms in their home are properly secured.  Gage is awake and alert at this time and it appears that surgery is a success. While his condition is critical the family thanks God for his progress.  Anyone who wishes to help the family defray the expenses of the medical care can donate at any Jeff Davis Bank to the account labeled “MBE First Grade Student”. 

The first-grader was shot in his classroom when another student brought a gun to school. When it fell out of the other student's backpack, another student picked it up and it fired, striking the 7-year-old in the abdomen. Mancuso said the boy who was shot and the student who picked up the gun were "innocent bystanders." 

"We're going to say our prayers he makes a full and healthy recovery soon," said Mancuso. 

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