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Teen arrested for shooting Arkansas classmates

police at crime scene
Scene of the shooting   
December 19, 1997
Web posted at: 11:23 p.m. EST (0423 GMT)

STAMPS, Arkansas (CNN) -- An Arkansas eighth grader was arrested Friday and charged as an adult after he confessed to shooting two of his fellow students as he hid in the woods outside of a high school.

Lafayette County Sheriff John Kilgore said Colt Todd, 14, said he had not specifically targeted the two students he shot at Stamps High School but was in a state of mind that "it didn't matter who walked on campus. He was there to shoot someone, to cause pain."

Todd was charged with two counts of first-degree battery.

Grover Henderson, 17, and LaTisia Finley, 15, were each shot in the hip Monday as they stood in the school parking lot before class.

A bullet was recovered from Finley and sent to the state crime lab for comparison to a .22-caliber rifle brought to police by Todd and his mother after the boy had been questioned. Two firearms experts found that the bullets matched, Kilgore said.

The rifle had been located in a home where Todd sometimes stayed, in the vicinity of the wooded area from which the shots were fired. Investigators had been led to that home by bloodhounds searching the area after the shooting, but a search of the house on Monday did not uncover the rifle.

Kilgore said he believes that Todd, who said he planned the shooting Sunday night, acted alone.

"He said he had been living in pain for some time and that he was going to cause pain on someone else," said Kilgore.

Todd was arraigned Friday and released on $20,000 bond. Henderson and Finley were released from the hospital Tuesday.


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