Prescott shooting suspect in custody; one student shot

Jesse Evans/Rick Kennedy, updated 12:25 p.m.

In a press conference, Prescott Police Chief Joseph Beavers said that the shooting occurred at 9:14 a.m. and both the suspect and the victim are 14-years-old and in the 8th grade.

According to the Chief, an incident between the two boys is believed to be the motive in the shooting and there are no other victims. The suspect reportedly left campus on foot immediately after the shooting.

Chief Beavers said the victim was in stable condition and transported by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

The Juvenile suspect allegedly carried a concealed handgun onto campus, shot the victim and fled on foot. Law enforcement quickly identified the suspect and apprehended him without incident at a residence in Prescott.

When the shooting occurred, campuses around the area were notified and locked down. Officers and Deputies were posted at schools until the situation could be figured out and resolved. Officers from Prescott PD, Nevada County SO, Hempstead County SO, Hope PD, Arkansas State Police, 8th North Task Force and Arkansas Highway Police all responded.

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In his press conference, Chief Beavers expressed thanks to all the agencies that responded to assist.  His department is being assisted in the investigation by Arkansas State Police CID. ATF Agents also showed up on campus but no information is available currently as to what their involvement will be.

We will continue to update as more information becomes available.


A press release attributed to the Prescott School District was posted on the district’s Facebook site, SWARK Today has learned.  It reads as follows:

PRESS RELEASE April 1, 2019

“On the morning of April 1, 2019, a Prescott School District student brought a concealed handgun to campus and shot another District student. The District went into immediate lock down and the attacker was apprehended by law enforcement. The District’s School Resource Officer was in the building and immediately able to assist. The District is fully cooperating with the ongoing law enforcement investigation. It appears this was a premediated attack specifically targeting the injured student, who was airlifted to a medical facility for immediate treatment. The injured student’s medical status will be released if and when approved by the family. Until then, we will continue to keep the student in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. No other injuries were reported.

The District will resume classes and bus routes on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. The safety of our students is our number one priority. We are in the business of educating students and an incident like this is heart breaking. The District will work with law enforcement to review safety and emergency protocols. Counselors will be available to talk with students and provide any support needed. The District will continue to keep all of its patrons updated to the extent allowed by law.”

An brief statement on the district’s website said:

Due to the events today April 1st:
• School will be dismissed at 10:30am April 1
• All athletic activity is cancelled for April 1.

Previous 10:52 a.m. update as follows:

A black male who reportedly walked onto a Prescott campus and opened fire this morning, and one individual has been injured and flown to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock; the individual shot is reported in stable condition.

Confirmed by Prescott Police Chief Beavers, a “Student on Student” confrontation over the weekend is believed to be the motive.

Students are being sent home for day, although all Prescott schools are off lockdown.

In Hope, the Hope School District issued its own statement at 10:55, saying “Hope Public Schools have been issued an ALL CLEAR from a districtwide lockdown this morning. The all clear was issued at 10 a.m. by HPS Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hart.  The lockdown occurred as the result of information received from law enforcement concerning an active shooter incident in the area. Dr. Hart said that the district will conduct a “debrief” across all campuses, and no further statements would be issued by HPSD until after that procedure has been completed.”

Initial reports shortly after 9 a.m. indicated that an alleged shooter walked onto campus, shot one student and left on foot. The suspect was quickly identified by law enforcement and located at a residence. He surrendered without incident.

Officers stationed at area schools and schools were advised of the situation and schools were reportedly locked down.

SWARK Today will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

Original report by Jesse Evans. Managing Editor Rick Kennedy also contributed to this report and updates.

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