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Father arrested after son allegedly takes loaded gun to school

Father arrested after son allegedly takes loaded gun to school
A boy allegedly brought this .44-caliber handgun to a Chula Vista school. His father has also been arrested. (Chula Vista Police Department)

The father of a teenager who brought a loaded gun to school in Chula Vista has been arrested on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Zacharia Dow, 36, was arrested this evening, several hours after his 14-year-old son's arrest.

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The boy, a ninth-grade student at Hilltop High School, had a loaded .44-caliber gun in his backpack and had told other students that he might use it, police said.

A search of the family home found a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol under a bed, police said. The search is continuing for any additional weapons and "any evidence indicating a motive" for the teen to take a gun to school.

Dow is also under investigation for a possible charge of allowing a minor to have access to a weapon, police said. He was arrested without incident, police said.

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