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Teen held in shooting that injured Hall High student

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published April 1, 2014 at 10:02 a.m.

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Cedric West

A Little Rock teen is being held as an adult in a shooting last month that injured a Hall High School student, police documents show.

Cedric West, 16, remained in the Pulaski County jail Tuesday on charges of first-degree battery and aggravated assault. Bail was set at $30,000.

West was arrested Monday afternoon on warrants issued in a March 8 shooting.

According to a Little Rock Police Department report, authorities began investigating March 10 when a student who wasn't involved approached a security officer at Hall High School and said the victim had been shot in the stomach over the weekend.

A police officer later spoke to the student, who initially denied being shot and said he had been injured by a dog scratch, but the youth later consented to an examination from the school nurse, police said. That revealed a "2-inch graze wound on the left side of his stomach," the report said.

The victim then told the officer that he had been shot two days before when a group of people including some he didn't know "rolled up on scooters" while he and another student stood outside a friend's house in the 4700 block of Princeton Drive, the report said.

Some in the group wanted to fight but later left on their scooters, the report said, noting the victim heard gunshots when they were about a block away. The victim "stated his stomach began to burn and he realized that he had been grazed by a bullet," the report added.

Police called the victim's grandmother, who took the victim from the school to Arkansas Children's Hospital for treatment, according to the report.

It wasn't clear if West was mentioned in the initial incident report, which was redacted to remove all juveniles' names. A separate report said he was arrested Monday afternoon at his residence on Carlton Drive in Little Rock and that he was being charged as an adult.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 1, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.

Children watching to many Hollywood moves with gun play.

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Vickie55 says... April 1, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

Yeah, like all those John Wayne movies.

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HalALouyah says... April 1, 2014 at 3:53 p.m.

A scoot by shooting?

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 1, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Depends if John Wayne was glorified as being a bad element in society.

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Packman says... April 1, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.

Odds are Cedric was born to a single mom. Odds are he rarely if ever saw his father. Odds are he was raised in government subsidized housing. Odds are his momma receives SNAP. Odds are his momma voted for Barack Obama. Are you Democrats ashamed yet?

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Vickie55 says... April 1, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Nope, John Wayne was the good guy who pulled out his gun and shot anyone who crossed him.

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Populist says... April 1, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.

Odds are that Cedric attended substandard schools and may have been truant. Odds are that Cedric's parents attended similarly substandard schools and were unemployed or underemployed. Odds are that Social Services did not have the manpower or the inclination to investigate any complaints about Cedric's upbringing. Odds are that Cedric spent last summer playing with guns and dabbling with drugs instead of doing something meaningful. While Cedric's parents did not do a good job of raising Cedric, the community in which he was raised was less than nurturing also.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 1, 2014 at 5:18 p.m.

Odds are that Cedric never has seen a John Wayne move.
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Odds are Populist has no clue.

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Pacorabone says... April 1, 2014 at 5:29 p.m.

Odds are you can put another $500 million dollars into education and social services and you will still have the Cedric's of the world involved in shootings like this. Odds are if we quit subsidizing every bad, destructive behavior the Cedric's of the world will grow up responsible, educated, hard working young men. Instead, the entitlement society creates a legacy of people who expect something for nothing and they expect if now. And, if they don't get what they want they shoot others. I find it interesting that the progressive solution to societal ills is to throw money at the problem via a new tax. The substandard schools and "social services" you speak of have become substandard by politically motivated ideology and "social engineering." The nationwide success of charter schools and school choice are examples of what could be. But, instead of modeling these programs and trying to learn why they succeed the progressive is to busy assaulting these programs and getting them shut down.. So there:)

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 1, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

No odds about it Pacorabone, thanks.

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