POLICE: 15-year-old student shot inside Ark. junior high school; suspect in custody

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. — A 15-year-old student was shot by a classmate inside an Arkansas junior high school on Monday. Police reported the student died from his injuries but later retracted that statement.

The incident occurred at Watson Chapel Junior High School in the city of Pine Bluff — which is 40 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Police say the shooter, who is also 15, opened fire in the hallway around 10:00 a.m. local time as classes changed.

He fled the scene but was later apprehended by police. The victim was airlifted to a hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.

“We don’t have a definite motive right now as to why the incident occurred,” said Pine Bluff Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant. “However we do believe this was a targeted incident as opposed to a random incident.”

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