Assault charges filed against boy's mom, her boyfriend in school shooting

Assault charges filed against boy's mom, her boyfriend in school shooting
Police officers stand near an entrance to Armin Jahr Elementary School, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Bremerton after a girl was shot in the abdomen at the school. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
BREMERTON, Wash. -- Prosecutors have filed an assault charge against the mother of a 9-year-old boy accused of bringing a gun that accidentally fired in his elementary school classroom and wounded a classmate.

Jamie Lee Passmore and her boyfriend, Douglas L. Bauer, have now both been charged with third-degree assault. Bremerton police have said the pair had failed to secure guns they were not authorized to own.

Investigators visited Passmore's residence and found a loaded, unsecured pistol the same day her son brought a gun to school. They also found a loaded 12 gauge shotgun leaning against the wall next to a night stand at the home.

Passmore reportedly also drove a vehicle with a handgun in the glove box even though as a convicted felon, she is not legally allowed to own a gun.

Passmore has also been charged with two second-degree counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. Bauer has been charged with one second-degree count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Investigators said Passmore and Bauer are currently out of state but are expected in court Thursday to answer to the charges.

The 8-year-old victim in the classroom's shooting at Armin Jahr Elementary School is recovering at Harborview Medical Center where she underwent five surgeries. She is listed in serious condition.