Father in Joplin school shooting charged with federal firearm violation By Marcus Kabel ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday, Oct. 12 2006 JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- The father of a 13-year-old boy charged in the recent Joplin middle school shooting was arrested Thursday after being charged with being a felon in possession of a gun, authorities said. Federal agents said Gregory Lynn White, 44, was arrested without incident at his Joplin home and taken before a federal magistrate in Springfield. White was charged Wednesday with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and the complaint was unsealed Thursday, after his arrest. White, who did not enter a plea, was released on $5,000 bond. Police searched White's home Monday after the school shooting in which no one was injured. They found five rifles, two shotguns and one pistol, said Marino Vidoli, assistant special agent from the Kansas City office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "Mr. White has two felony convictions, one for burglary out of the state of Florida and one for possession of a controlled substance out of the state of California," Vidoli said. He said federal law prohibits felons convicted of crimes punishable by more than one year in prison from possessing firearms. White's wife, Norma White, told investigators that the firearms belonged to her husband, Vidoli said. The 13-year-old boy, who was not named because of his age, faces three felony counts of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and making terrorist threats for the shooting Monday. According to court documents, the boy told authorities the assault rifle he used belonged to White. The maximum penalty under juvenile law would be incarceration in a state juvenile facility until his 18th birthday, officials said. Nobody was injured when the boy pointed an assault rifle at several students, teachers and administrators Monday at Memorial Middle School. Police said the boy, who was wearing a mask and a dark green trench coat, fired one shot into a ceiling before his gun jammed. He was then talked into leaving the building and police detained him outside. The gun used in the shooting was a MAC 90 that police said was taken from the parents' gun safe, apparently without their knowledge. The assault rifle, a copy of the Russian-designed AK-47, is legal to own. On Wednesday, the boy was charged with attempted escape for allegedly trying to bolt down a hallway before a court hearing.