15-year-old in serious condition after Arkansas school shooting


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PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KARK) — A 15-year-old student is in serious condition after a shooting at an Arkansas high school Monday morning, police said.

Pine Bluff police confirmed that a shooting occurred at Watson Chapel Junior High School. A male suspect is in custody at this time, police said.

Police haven’t released any further detail about the suspect or his age.

Chief Kelvin Sergeant said Pine Bluff Police Department officers received their first reports about the shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High at 9:59 a.m. and arrived at the school three minutes later. The 15-year-old was found in a hallway near the office with serious injuries.

During a press conference, the police chief also reiterated that while the school followed an active shooter protocol this was not an active shooter situation, saying that investigators believe this to be an isolated or targeted shooting. At this time, police said they currently don’t have details on a motive in this case that they would share.

Investigators also confirmed that there was only a single victim in this incident.

The school district was supposed to return to full-day instruction Monday.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

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