The State Police said a 16-year-old was shot and fatally wounded by Marion police about 7 p.m. Tuesday outside East Arkansas Youth Services at 104 Cypress Avenue. The state-contracted private, nonprofit agency serves foster children and children in the juvenile system. UPDATE: He's been identified as Aries Clark.
Police had been responding to a call to the center. No other details are known.
Tuesday night, the youth was hospitalized in critical condition. The State Police announced his death this morning. No further details about the shooting have emerged.
A Department of Human Services statement said:
The Department of Human Services has made counseling and trauma services available to youth at EAYS. DHS licenses and contracts with EAYS to provide residential care to some youth in foster care as well as youth who are in the Division of Youth Services aftercare program. State law prohibits DHS from releasing youth-specific information.
EAYS is licensed by DHS to provide services for 20 youth and had 12 residents at the time of the shooting.
The center is an alternative to incarceration and is not locked down. Youths are sometimes sent there after juvenile court proceedings.