Boy shot at Arkansas junior high dies

Traffic is lined up Monday March 1, 2021 outside Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff, Ark. as parents pick up students after a shooting at the school. Photo: Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP. Traffic is lined up Monday March 1, 2021 outside Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff, Ark. as parents pick up students after a shooting at the school.

Associated Press
Created: March 03, 2021 10:06 PM

A 15-year-old boy shot at an Arkansas junior high school earlier this week died Wednesday, officials said.

Lt. David DeFoor, Pine Bluff police spokesman, confirmed the death Wednesday night, citing the Pulaski County Coroner's Office in Little Rock. A deputy at the coroner's office referred inquiries back to Pine Bluff police.

The boy, identified by his family and the Watson Chapel School District as Daylon Burnett, died after two days under intensive care at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Boy, 15, injured in Arkansas school shooting; classmate held

Earlier Wednesday, a judge set a $1 million bond for the 15-year-old boy accused of shooting his classmate at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff, about 40 miles southeast of Little Rock. The suspect, whose name police were withholding because he is a juvenile, remained in Jefferson County's juvenile detention center charged with first-degree battery. A homicide charge has yet to be filed. He was scheduled at the Wednesday morning bond hearing for an April 12 court date.

Authorities have said they believe the shooting was targeted, not random, but they don't yet know a motive.


(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Chauvin found guilty of murder, manslaughter in George Floyd's death

Former U.S. Attorney explains what's ahead in Derek Chauvin's sentencing

Family of George Floyd reacts to guilty verdict in Chauvin trial

Reaction: Derek Chauvin convicted on all 3 charges in the death of George Floyd

Brooklyn Center declares curfew starting at 11 p.m.