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MARTINSVILLE, IN (WAVE/AP) - Indiana State Police have arrested a 15-year-old boy for the March 25 shooting of another 15-year-old student in the cafeteria at West Middle School in Martinsville. The victim, now identified as Chance Jackson, was taken by helicopter to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of two gunshot wounds to the stomach.
After the shooting, all schools in Martinsville were following lockdown procedures. Meanwhile, angry parents expressed frustration that they didn't receive automated alerts about a shooting at their children's middle school in central Indiana until more than an hour after it happened. Many say they had already seen television reports about the shooting of one student before they got the school's notification.
Sandy Pitman has a seventh-grade son at Martinsville West Middle School and says the slow alert from the school was ridiculous. Jon Bower has nieces and nephews at the school. He wonders why the system is in place if it doesn't work. School officials didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.
According to WRTV-TV in Indianapolis, the teen suspect was a recently expelled from Martinsville West Middle. Initially, police were still searching for other possible accomplices, but now say they believe no one else was involved in the shooting.
Police believe the shooting stemmed from a dispute that started at a school dance last weekend. About 600 students attend Martinsville West Middle.
Students were bused to the school maintenance building where they were released to their parents.
According to his family, Chance Jackson was listed as stable after surgery.