Arlington police say a 16-year-old boy is dead after being shot at an apartment complex Thursday evening.
According to police, officers were called to the 900 block of Benge Drive just after 4:30 p.m. Thursday, where they found the teenager with an apparent gunshot wound.
The teen, identified by the medical examiner as Samuel Reynolds, was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
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Police said Thursday night they had arrested a male juvenile in connection with the shooting. Officers did not make his name public due to his age.
"This senseless act of gun violence has no place in society and our hometown community," Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said in a statement. "This was an emotionally tough case for responding officers, investigators and medics. We will direct our attention to how a young teen suspect accessed a firearm used in the offense."
Arlington Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said school counselors would be prepared to provide support for students Friday morning and "for as long as needed."
“Detectives believe the suspect probably knew our victim and so there probably was a prior incident that happened before this,” said Lt. Christopher Cook with Arlington police. “When you look at they have their whole lives ahead of themselves, nothing is worth this type of level of violence to settle something,” Cook said.
Arlington Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos released the following statement Thursday night.
"It is with great sadness that I share that one of our students at Arlington High School was fatally shot off campus after school today. The Arlington ISD asks that the community keep the family, classmates and teachers of this student in your thoughts. The Arlington Police Department is leading the investigation and the District will support them with any needed information. Out of respect for the family and the minor status of the student, the Arlington ISD will not release the student’s name this evening. School counselors are preparing to assist students beginning in the morning and continuing for as long as needed."
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Arlington Police Det. Grant Gildon at 817-459-5691. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by contacting Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.