- Associated Press - Thursday, October 5, 2017

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois high school student accused of shooting a classmate has undergone a mental evaluation, but the results haven’t been completed.

The Times-Courier in Charleston reports defense attorney Ed Piraino on Thursday told Coles County Circuit Judge Matt Sullivan that psychiatrist Lawrence Jeckel has met with the boy, but not enough times to make an evaluation.

State’s Attorney Brian Bower reported there’s been no indication by Jeckel his work will be complete.

The Sept. 20 shooting in the Mattoon High School cafeteria left one student hospitalized.

Bower said a police investigation found that a teacher grabbed the boy’s arm as he fired at a girl. The gunshot missed the girl but hit another student in the upper chest.

The shooter, who is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, is being held in a juvenile detention facility. Sullivan scheduled his next hearing for Nov. 17.



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