LILBURN -- An Archer High School student who brought a gun to a track meet on Saturday said the weapon was his mother's for protection.
David Augustus Lee II, a sophomore at Archer, had the gun in a spare tire compartment of a 2005 GMC Envoy. When police contacted the student's parents, both claimed that the gun, a Bryco Arms Jennings 9mm semi-automatic pistol, was theirs, a Gwinnett County Police report said. Inside the magazine were 11 rounds of ammunition.
Lee was charged with possession of a weapon on school property and released from the Gwinnett jail on the same day.
The initial report, at about 9 a.m., came from a witness at Archer, who told police that Lee pulled into the parking lot in the Envoy as track coaches and athletes waited for a bus to arrive at about 8:10 a.m.
The witness said Lee and another man opened the vehicle's rear liftgate and removed the pistol.
"The suspect, while holding the gun in his left hand, used his right hand to pull the slide back, as if chambering a round," the report said as recalled by the witness.
After the other man looked at the pistol, Lee reholstered it and placed it back in the floorboard compartment, according to the witness.
Another officer arrived at Parkview at 10:25 a.m. Saturday, shortly after the fourth annual Big Orange Relays were scheduled to begin. An Archer track coach told police that Lee had driven his mother's car from Archer to Parkview.
After an administrator from Peachtree Ridge High School interviewed Lee, he and a Parkview administrator found the gun in the car.