WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. —- A teenage boy is recovering after being shot multiple times outside an apartment complex in West Memphis on Thursday afternoon.

According to the West Memphis Police Department, the shooting happened in the 400 block of Avalon around 3:30.

The victim’s family says he doesn’t live at the complex but hangs out in the area after school.

First responders arrived to find the boy shot multiple times; he was taken to Regional One for treatment.

People living at the apartments say the teen had been sitting in the gazebo earlier in the day and tried to run away when the gunman opened fire.

“I seen a whole bunch of police cars… they had the whole building surrounded… and it was a whole bunch of crime scene tape,” said Chris Real, West Memphis citizen.

As news of the shooting circulates, some are expressing their concern for teen violence and wondering what can be done to save the city’s youth.

“Maybe they can get some programs for the kids, you know, after school and on weekends and stuff like that something to keep them out of the streets,” said Kathleen Blair of West Memphis.

As of now, police have not released a motive or suspect information. If you know anything, you are urged to call the police.