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Crime Student wounded in Arkansas high school shooting

02:30  02 march  2021
02:30  02 march  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

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A 15-year-old boy was shot Monday morning at a junior high school in Arkansas. The suspected gunman, a fellow classmate who is also 15, was arrested a short time later, police said. The incident took place inside Watson Chapel Junior High School as students switched classes around 10 a.m., Pine Bluff Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant said.

a man in a uniform standing in front of a car: watson-chapel-jr-high-school-shooting-02.png © CBS affiliate KTHV watson-chapel-jr-high-school-shooting-02.png

Initial reports had said the victim had died from a gunshot wound, but police spokesman Lieutenant David DeFoor said Monday afternoon that the teen was alive and that "bad information was released."

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"The hospital will keep us updated directly to prevent further erroneous [information]," the department said, according to CBS affiliate KTHV.

A Facebook post from the school district said that the shooting was an "isolated incident and all students are safe." The school district told parents that there would be a "supervised release" to allow them to pick up their children.

Police said the Arkansas Department of Corrections dog squad found the suspect, a Black male, hiding behind a house near the school. The teen is being held at the Jack Jones Juvenile Detention Center and is awaiting charges. Police described the shooting as a "targeted incident" and said that a motive is under investigation.

The Associated Press said Monday was scheduled to be Watson Chapel's first day back for on-site learning after several weeks of weather-related issues closed the school. Pine Bluff is located some 44 miles south of Little Rock.

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a man in a police car parked in a parking lot: Police at the scene of a shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on Monday, March 1, 2021. / Credit: CBS affiliate KTHV © Provided by CBS News Police at the scene of a shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on Monday, March 1, 2021. / Credit: CBS affiliate KTHV

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