Prosecutor charges 17-year-old for bringing a gun to CAHS basketball game

FLINT – Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton has charged a 17-year-old Flint man with four felonies for bringing a gun to Carman-Ainsworth High School Dec. 13 during the boy’s varsity basketball game between Carman-Ainsworth and Grand Blanc High Schools.

Elijah James Avery of Flint is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, resisting and obstructing police, and two counts of felony firearm.

According to a press release by Leyton’s office, police spotted Avery in the bleachers with what appeared to be the outline of a gun in the pocket of his hoodie with his hands in the pocket. As police approached him to talk, he quickly walked away and down the bleachers, ignored their directives to stop, and began running through a hallway.

Several police officers took chase after him and during the pursuit a handgun was observed concealed in his pocket.

The incident caused the cancellation of the remainder of the basketball game.

“This type of behavior will not be tolerated and will be dealt with sternly under the law,” said Leyton after issuing the charges. “Students and staff should feel safe on school property and fans of our sports teams should be able to enjoy a ball game without fear of unlawful activity or guns causing a threat to their safety,” he said.

Avery will be arraigned in 67th District Court, the press release said. – G.G.