15-year-old boy dies days after shooting at Arkansas junior high school

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Another 15-year-old shot the child Monday in a hallway outside Watson Chapel Junior High School’s main office, police said.

The teen, identified by the Watson Chapel School District and his family as Daylon “DaeDae’ Burnett, had been in intensive care at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock since the Monday shooting.

He died Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. local time, Pine Bluff police Sgt. Richard Wegner told NBC News.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the school district said in a post on its Facebook page.

According to police, another 15-year-old shot Burnett at 9:59 a.m. local time in a hallway outside Watson Chapel Junior High School’s main office. Authorities are not identifying him because of his age. While the department has not revealed a motive in the shooting, DeFoor said the incident was “targeted.”

Monday was the first day back to in-person classes for Watson Chapel students after days of remote learning due to a water issue. Students at the junior high school went back to remote learning Tuesday and Wednesday due to the shooting. They were scheduled to return to in-person classes on Thursday.

“It is imperative that all students take advantage of the many, many professionals who will be present to provide counseling and guidance to our students as they return to school,” the district said in a statement.

On Wednesday, a judge set the suspect’s bond at $1 million.

He was being held in Jefferson County’s juvenile detention center on a charge of first-degree battery. A homicide charge has not been filed. His next hearing is set for April 12.

It was not clear if he had an attorney.