Monday, February 27, 2012
School Shooting in Ohio
By Douglas V. Gibbs
It was originally reported that five students were injured in a shooting this morning at Chardon High School in the State of Ohio. Since that initial report, one of the injured students has died.
The shooter is believed to be a student, and according to the Geauga County Sheriff's Office and the FBI, a suspect has been arrested. The belief is that this was the act of a lone gunman. The shooter was apprehended as he fled the school, taken into custody on one of the nearby roads.
Of the victims, they were four boys and one girl. The identity of the fatality has not been released, yet. Two of the injured were sent to the local hospital by ambulance, and the other three were flown to a nearby trauma center in Cleveland.
According to some reports, the shooting occurred in the cafeteria. As parents tried to get to the school to pick up their children, the elementary school across the street was in the process of evacuation. Police blocked the streets approaching the school as they searched for the gunman. A teacher was a witness to the event, and chased the shooter without success of apprehending him.
There have been reports that the shooter tipped off his intentions, posting a message on Twitter that he was going to bring a gun to school. One of the students said of it, "I think he said that he was going to bring a gun to school, and I think that everyone just blew it off like he was joking."
The shooting, it is believed, occurred at about 7:45 am. The Lake County SWAT team arrived with two large vehicles at about 8:45 am.
A parent commented that the shooting, according to her son, began while students were eating breakfast in the cafeteria and waiting for the first period bell to ring. The shooter, a boy, just stood up and began shooting.
As students fled they were locked into classrooms for safety.
I wonder if this event will also become a liberal left rallying cry for tighter gun control.
UPDATE ON THIS STORY HERE
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5 students hurt in shooting at Chardon High School; suspect in custody - Cleveland.com
1 Killed, 4 Wounded in Ohio high school shooting - KSAT News