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High school student charged with murder of fellow student on campus in Arlington, Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Police say a 17-year-old was arrested on a murder warrant after fatally shooting a classmate on an Arlington high school campus, in Texas.

The slain student was identified as Etavian Barnes, 18, by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Barnes was found unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday afternoon outside portable buildings on the Bowie High School campus, according to Arlington Police Chief Al Jones.

No other injuries were reported.

The suspect, who was also a student at the school, was arrested a short time later near campus, according to Jones, who said the two men apparently knew each other.

“We are early in our investigation, our detectives are working to determine a motive,” Jones said.

Jones said the shooting was reported around 2:50 p.m., shortly before classes ended, and the school was on lockdown for about two hours before students were allowed to leave.

Arlington Independent School District Superintendent Matt Smith said classes at the school were canceled for Thursday.

“I’m honestly at a loss for words over this tragedy,” Smith said. “Schools are supposed to be a place of learning and growth,” but that was interrupted by what he called “senseless violence.”

Smith said counselors will be available to students and staff when classes resume.


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