3/25/2011 Martinsville West MS, Martinsville IN

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3/25/2011 Martinsville West MS, Martinsville IN - Police question teen about By HASAN DUDAR and...
Police question teen about By HASAN DUDAR and CHARLES WILSON The Associated Press MARTINSVILLE - A 15-year-old boy who was expelled this week opened fire at his central Indiana middle school before classes began Friday, shooting another teen student in the stomach, police said. The incident sparked an hourslong school lockdown as hundreds of panicked parents awaited word on their children. Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil said Chance Jackson, 15, was in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was taken by helicopter after the shooting at Martinsville West Middle School just after 7 a.m. Police arrested the former student suspected in the attack on the south side of Martinsville about an hour after the shooting. Police were interviewing him at the county jail, Durnil said. Morgan County prosecutors are reviewing possible charges against the boy, he said. Police stiil seeking motive Police refusedto speculate on a possible motive. Durnil said the teen in custody had been suspended then expelled from the school this week and was not supposed to be on campus. He said he did not know why the student was expelled. "We have no motive at all at this point. We're talking to witnesses and school officials to get to the bottom of it," he said. Durnil declined to address reports that the shoot ing may have stemmed from a dispute that started at a school dance last weekend. "We're still looking at all angles, to be sure," Durnil said. Classmates said that Jackson and the shooting suspect had a volatile relationship and had argued before. Suspect had been in trouble Morgan Lanfair, an 18-year-old student at a local high school, said she and the suspect have been friends for two years. She said he has been in trouble at school but that she didn't think he "would go through with something like this." Jackson's family released a statement Friday afternoon that said the teen was out of surgery and in stable condition. The family asked the public to pray "for the families of all involved." Police found the handgun used in the shooting in a field near the school, which is about 30 miles south of Indianapolis, Durnil said. He said police were not looking for any other suspects in the shooting. One neighbor reported hearing two gunshots, but Martinsville Police Chief Jon Davis said he did not know how many times the victim was shot. Durnil also said it was unclear how many shots were fired. Michael Adams, who lives catty-corner from the school, said he was woken by something that sounded like a gunshot, followed almost immediately by another. "I thought it was a car backfiring or something," he said. A short time later, Adams l r v. r If E - ' By Darron CummingsThe Associated Press Parents and students gather Friday after students were released following an early morning shooting at West Middle School in Martinsville, Ind. A gunman shot a student in the stomach, police said. A 15-year-old classmate who had been suspended was taken into custody. heard a helicopter and saw the flashing lights of police vehicles. "This whole area was swarming with police and family members," he said. All schools locked down All schools in the district were initially locked down school shooting T! K i as a precaution. Several parents said they heard about the shooting on the news or through calls or text messages from their children and questioned why the school didn't send an alert until more than an hour after the shooting. "It was ridiculous," said o v. I T "We have no motive at all at this point We're talking to witnesses and school officials to get to the bottom of it." Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil Sandy Pitman, who has a son in seventh grade at the school. Assistant Superintendent Randy Taylor said during an afternoon news conference that the school district had a plan in place and carried it out He did not take questions. A parent who 'lost it' Melissa Payne was just starting her shift as a registered nurse at the local hospital when her daughter texted her about the shooting. Payne's son, Nathan, is an eighth-grader. He had left his phone at home so she was initially unable to reach him. "I just lost it; I was crying," she said. She rushed to the school and, just as she arrived, Nathan called her from someone else's phone to tell her he was OK. Martinsville West Middle School, one of two middle schools in the city, has about 600 students and 39 teachers. Contributing: Rick Callahan and Tom Murphy The Associated Press

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  1. Journal and Courier,
  2. 26 Mar 2011, Sat,
  3. Page 22

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