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Parents indicted after son fired gun at school

Dale and Tamara Owen, parents of Joshua Owen, sit in District Court in Sandoval County during a hearing in February. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The parents of a Rio Rancho teen accused of firing a gun in a local high school have been indicted on one count each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

Police say that 11 months before Joshua Owen, 16, came to Cleveland High School armed and wearing a ski mask, he reported hearing voices telling him to “shoot up the school.” Court documents allege his parents, Dale Owen, 62, and Tamara Owen, 48, were aware of the situation, but failed to secure their gun.

Authorities say that prior to the shooting, Joshua Owen walked into his parent’s closet and grabbed the firearm from a top shelf.

Around 7 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, Joshua Owen tried to shoot at three fellow students before firing into the air and fleeing, police say.

His parents were first charged in magistrate court in June, and they were indicted Thursday by a Sandoval County grand jury. The Owens are scheduled for arraignment before Judge Louis McDonald on Sept. 3.

Joshua Owen was charged in February with three counts of attempted murder, unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises and unlawful possession of a handgun by a person under age 19.

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