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Shooting Victim Upgraded to Serious Condition

The teen suspect in Friday’s shooting at Martinsville West Middle School appeared at the Morgan County Courthouse for a detention hearing this afternoon.

Sergeant Curt Durnil said the 16-year-old didn’t show much emotion inside the courtroom.

“He almost took another life [and] he’s still recovering and it appears like he’s got a long road ahead of him as well. So, very sad,” said Durnil.

The long road begins with 5 felony charges including attempted murder and possession of a handgun without a permit. Durnil confirmed the gun involved in Friday’s shooting was a Kel-Tec P-11 9mm handgun.

“It’s something that Martinsville’s not really used to. This town is known for basketball and sports and good things that are going on in the town. We never ever want to get this call again,” he said.

15-year-old Chance Jackson was the lone victim and is currently listed in “serious” condition following two surgeries according to Methodist Hospital. Rumors suggesting a feud between Jackson and the shooter was a possible motive for Friday’s assault remain unconfirmed.

“Lots of rumors coming out that that was on Facebook and there was some video that was played where the two were in some type of fight. I can’t confirm that it was either boy in that fight,” said Durnil.

An initial hearing has been scheduled for Friday April 1 at Morgan County Courthouse.

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