An 18 Year Old Shot Dead at The Bowie High School Shooting

A tragic incident of shooting unfolded at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. An 18-year-old student was killed in a shooting that took place on the school campus.

An 18 Year Old Shot Dead at The Bowie High School Shooting
A tragic incident unfolded at James Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas. credit CBS News

The Incident

The Arlington Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at Arlington Bowie High School shortly before 3 p.m. Upon arrival, they found an 18-year-old male student lying on the ground, unresponsive, and shot five to six times. Upon rushing to the nearest hospital the student was pronounced dead by the doctors.

The Suspect

A 17-year-old student from the same school was arrested in connection with the shooting. The suspect is currently in custody, and the investigation is ongoing. He’s expected to be charged with one count of murder. Police did not reveal his identity but believe the two knew each other, though the shooting is still under investigation.

School Response

In response to the incident, the school was put on lockdown. The lockdown was implemented as a safety measure while officers responded to the incident outside the school. The school also delayed student dismissal. Further actions from the school is yet to be released.

The Bowie High School Shooting: Community Response

Tierra Long, a parent of a ninth grader at Bowie, said she “lost it” when she heard about the shooting because her son wasn’t answering his phone. Long was later able to get in contact with him, but she said she probably would not send him back to Bowie High School next year.

“It’s really sad that the kids can’t even go to school and get an education anymore without something like this happening,” she added.

All classes at the school were canceled Thursday and the schedule for Friday will be determined later. The district will provide counseling services when they resume, Arlington ISD Superintendent Matt Smith said.

“Honestly, I’m at a loss for words tonight by the tragedy at Bowie High School this afternoon,” Smith said. “Schools are supposed to be a place of learning and growth, and this afternoon that was interrupted by senseless violence.”

Sergio Acosta’s daughter is a senior at Bowie. He heard about the shooting from his wife. He said he was stressed because he knew the situation would not help with his daughter’s anxiety problems.

“I was sad and mad at the same time because it shouldn’t be happening,” Acosta said about getting the call about the shooting. “It shouldn’t be happening. Especially, you know, at school.”

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