Father arrested after San Ramon third grader brings loaded gun to school

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Officials are investigating a few gun incidents at local schools, including one where a San Ramon third grader was suspended for bringing a loaded firearm to school. (KGO-TV)

The father of a San Ramon third-grader is in jail Thursday night facing several charges, including child endangerment.

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Police arrested Anthony O'Donnell at his home Thursday morning. The father of five is charged with child endangerment, posession of stolen property, and allowing a firearm to be accessible to a child.

Police say his son brought a gun to Twin Creeks Elementary school.

According to the district, an 8-year-old brought the loaded gun in his backpack. He showed a friend, and that classmate told his parents that same night. A few hours later, police were knocking on the suspect's door.

"The parents should be responsible for kids. They should not have access to a gun," said neighbor Gauri Salwan.

"They are a good family, I never think this. They are always well-behaved kids," said another neighbor Shahla Zada.

The community is shocked and scared by what's happened. Many have lived side-by-side with the O'Donnells from years.

On a typical night, O'Donnell's son would be outside playing with kids, but Thursday the family's third-floor apartment is dark.

And the boy's friends admit they're conflicted.

"I don't think I'll play with him," said 11-year-old Arman Nadem.

"I'm not sure why they did that. It's a bad thing because they could have hurt somebody," said Dilara Halibran, 8.

Bail for O'Donnell is set at $140,000.

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