Teen Arrested In School Shooting Wrote 'Today Is The Day'

A teenager who wrote on Facebook "today is the day" allegedly shot another student at an Indiana middle school today.

The alleged shooter had been suspended two days before the shooting at Martinsville West Middle School, Martinsville Police Officer Curt Durnil said.

The suspect is a 16-year-old middle school student.

Shots rang out near the doors of the west side of the school building at around 7 a.m. ET 20 minutes before classes begin.

The wounded teen suffered two shots to his stomach and was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital. He is reportedly in stable condition, WRTV reported.

A handgun was recovered in a field near the school, Durnil said. Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting, but acknowledged that looking at social media will be a key component of the investigation.

"We're still interviewing witnesses, we're going to be looking into social media to see if we can get a feel for why this happened.We don't have a clear cut motive of why this happened," Durnil said.

Durnil said that investigators are examining surveillance video.

Police are withholding the alleged gunman's name until he is formally charged, but WRTV reports that on his Facebook page the suspect wrote, "Today is the day." He also wrote, "You will hear about it."

There are reports that a fight at a school dance last weekend may have led to the shooting.

Jamin Shue told WRTV that he knows the teen who was arrested.

"I've never seen him get in this much trouble before," Shue said. "He's just your average teenager. He has fun with his friends. He'll hang out around town."
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