Central Indiana Teen Shot Before SchoolJohn Cave Osborne
A teenage boy was shot before class this morning at Martinsville West Middle School in central Indiana. It happened shortly after 7 am. The victim was airlifted to a local hospital where he is “assumed to be in serious condition,” according to Sgt. Curt Durnil, though hospital administrators have yet to release any information on the boy’s condition. The suspect is a 15-year-old classmate of the victim and had been suspended two days earlier. He is in custody but has not yet been charged.
Though a neighbor reported hearing two gunshots, Martinsville Police Chief, John Davis, could not confirm how many times the victim was shot.
Sgt. Durnil said that it wasn’t clear how the suspended boy got into the school. “We have no motive at all at this point. We’re talking to witnesses and schools officials to get to the bottom of it.”
But WTHR-TV in Indianapolis reported that, according to police, a dispute at a school dance this past weekend was believed to be what sparked this morning’s confrontation. Martinsville West Middle School has around 600 students and 39 teachers. The school immediately went on lock down after the incident. No one has been allowed in or out of the school since.
We will keep you posted on the situation as more details develop.