Kids at California summer camp find hidden gun

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Police say children at a summer camp found a loaded shotgun hidden under a Santa Rosa elementary school building.

Police Sgt. John Cregan told the Press Democrat ( ) Thursday that the children were searching for marbles two days earlier when they discovered the weapon inside metal grating at the base of the building. One round was loaded in the chamber and four more were in the tube of the sawed-off shotgun.

The children found the weapon Tuesday after camp had ended, and told their camp counselors about it the next morning.

Cregan said the weapon had many of the characteristics of a "hood gun" — a weapon stashed by gang members to keep at the ready for possible confrontations.

Investigators were trying to determine who owned the gun.