Police: Ex-Texas cadet may have intentionally fired at other cadets

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TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) Police southeast of Houston have upgraded charges against a former police cadet who investigators say may have tried to intentionally fire on other cadets in a classroom.

Texas City police initially said a gun belonging to 21-year-old Clayton Whatley accidentally discharged April 25 when he reached into his backpack.

The bullet fragmented and two other cadets were struck in their legs and a third was grazed.

The Galveston County Daily News reports that Whatley initially was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon.

But he was charged Thursday with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after another cadet told police that she believed Whatley was targeting her but fired the weapon too early.

The woman says in a police report that Whatley began to "get weird" after the two had a falling out.

A working phone number for Whatley could not be found.