Indiana School Shooting: Police Say One Shot At Martinsville Middle School
MARTINSVILLE, Ind. -- The family of the 15-year-old boy wounded in central Indiana school shooting says he is in stable condition after surgery.
Chance Jackson was taken to an Indianapolis hospital after he was shot Friday morning at Martinsville West Middle School, about 30 miles south of Indianapolis. Police say a 15-year-old classmate who had been suspended was taken into custody.
A family statement released by Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis says they appreciate all the prayers of support and asks for prayers for the families of all involved.
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A gunman opened fire at an Indiana middle school before classes began Friday, shooting a student in the stomach, police said. A 15-year-old classmate who had been suspended was taken into custody.
Police would not specifically say the student was a suspect in the attack, but said they believe there are no more suspects on the loose. The 15-year-old has not been charged.
The teens both attend Martinsville West Middle School, about 30 miles south of Indianapolis, Sgt. Curt Durnil said. The boy in custody had been suspended two days earlier, and it wasn't clear how he got inside the school, he said.
Police told WTHR-TV that the student in custody gave them information that led them to the gun used in the shooting.
The injured boy was airlifted to the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and is "assumed to be in serious condition," Durnil said. Hospital spokesman Gene Ford said he had no information on the boy's condition.
One neighbor reported hearing two gunshots, but Martinsville Police Chief Jon Davis said he did not know how many times the victim was shot.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting just after 7 a.m., about 20 minutes before classes usually begin.
"We have no motive at all at this point. We're talking to witnesses and schools officials to get to the bottom of it," Durnil said.
WTHR-TV in Indianapolis said police believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute that started at a school dance last weekend.
"We're still looking at all angles, to be sure," Durnil said.
He said police believe only one shooter was involved in the incident and that they have him in custody.
All schools in the district were initially locked down as a precaution, although authorities started to release students from Martinsville West Middle School to their parents late morning.
Michael Adams, who lives kitty-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 heard a helicopter and saw the distinctive flashing lights of police vehicles.
"This whole area was swarming with police and family members," he said.
Melissa Payne was just starting her shift as a registered nurse at the local hospital when her daughter texted her about the shooting. Payne has an eighth grader, Nathan, at the school. He had left his phone at home so she was 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.
By 10:45 a.m. she was waiting in line with other parents to sign release forms so they could take their children home. The school was locked down immediately after the shooting and no one was allowed into or out of the school.
Martinsville West Middle School is one of two middle schools in the Martinsville and teaches grades 6 through 8 and has about 600 students and 39 teachers.