by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News
12:22 PM CST, February 6, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Police took two 17-year-old students into custody after shots were fired at Bolivar High School on Saturday about 10 p.m. One of the students was charged on Monday afternoon.
Doran David Snodgrass of Bolivar is charged with first-degree property damage and armed criminal action. If he's convicted of property damage, he could get a prison sentence between two and four years, or a jail sentence up to one year, and/or a fine up to $5,000. If he's convicted of armed criminal action, he could get a prison sentence of at least three years with no chance for parole, probation, conditional release or suspended impostion or execution of sentence for at least three years.
About five shots broke school windows and the school's trophy case. Another three shots hit concrete steps just below the east doors of the high school. Police found eight bullets -- three in the parking lot and five inside the school -- and said they appeared to be from a small caliber handgun.
Superintendent Steve Morgan believes no one was in the building at the time. Assistant Principal Ron Owens told police on Monday that the damage "will be well over $1,000," according to the probable cause statement filed as the basis of the charges against Snodgrass.
As a precaution, Bolivar police officers and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers were at the high school and other district schools on Monday when students arrived. Police remained at the schools throughout the day.
Police arrested Snodgrass when he arrived at Bolivar High School about 7 a.m. Monday. After getting consent to search his pickup, police say they found "multiple spent 9mm bullet casings" inside it, according to the probable cause statement.
In an interview at the Bolivar Police Department, police say, Snodgrass confessed that he fired at the school with a black Smith and Wesson 9mm handgun. He said he was driving but his friend held the wheel while Snodgrass fired out his driver's side window.
Police interviewed the other teenager, who said Snodgrass at first planned to shoot only at a large sign on the east side of the school lot, which police then found also had several bullet holes in it.
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