The 15-year-old girl who was shot at Italy High School in Texas by a 16-year-old classmate is now out of danger and has been released from the hospital. The victim’s family confirmed the news.
The school also released on Facebook Monday morning an update on the condition of Noelle Jones. The post also said that the family continues to stay in an undisclosed location.
The school social media post said: “They are optimistic and excited about her recovery. They have asked for the community to continue praying for her, the school and the community.”
Jones was horrifically shot six times by her classmate while in the cafeteria. The suspect also fired a shot that barely missed the head of another 15-year-old male student also staying in the cafeteria at that time. Before leaving, the suspect, wearing a long black trench coat, angrily stomped and waved his arms around Jones, who has fallen on the ground.
The suspect was arrested outside the school. Found in his possession is a semi-automatic handgun. He’s charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The suspect’s identity has not been released since he is a minor. He is now in the custody of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
Classmates, schoolmates and former friends of the suspect all from the same school told authorities that the boy has had some scary behavior in the past and they were surprised he was allowed to stay in school. The details of the suspect’s past deeds have not been fully shared with the public yet, although one student shared that the suspect crafted a “hit list” when she was in eighth grade.
Another incident saw the suspect having an outburst in class in 2016 and threw a pair of scissors that nearly struck another female classmate.
Some students also said the suspect has also been disciplined before for some stuff he did in the past. Representatives of the school district said they are not allowed to release information about students’ disciplinary information.
It is not yet clear what prompted the suspect to shoot at Jones, or what his beef with Jones is. Prosecutors have ordered a psychological evaluation.