Public May Never Learn Sparks School Shooter's Name



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

One reason police aren’t releasing the shooter’s name is to protect his family as they mourn. That prompted mixed reactions from parents waiting for their children Wednesday at a Sparks elementary school.

“Yes, I think they should protect the family,” said Benjamin Nunez.

Leon Warren doesn’t agree: “They should release the name because people have the right to know what is going around them in the community.”

Police say releasing the shooter’s name could taint their search for a motive. Under state law, a criminal’s name is public information after the a criminal investigation is complete.  In this case, that could take months because of all the local, state and federal agencies involved.   Also, under Adams's interpretation of the Nevada Public Records Law, even after the police report is complete, it may never be released because juveniles are protected.  “This particular report will not be a public record subject to being turned over,” Adams says.

The Reno Gazette Journal has filed a formal request. Adams says he is ready to go to court to fight releasing the shooter’s name.

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