UPDATED 4:10 p.m. EST – James Austin Hancock, 14, has been named as the suspect in an Ohio school shooting Monday. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Hancock faces two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, inducing panic, and making terrorist threats. It is unclear where he got the gun, local media reported.
School shooting suspect James Austin Hancock, 14, charged with attempted murder, inducing panic, other charges. @Local12
— Angenette Levy (@Angenette5) February 29, 2016
UPDATED 2:30 p.m. EST – A 14-year-old boy opened fire in a southwestern Ohio school cafeteria Monday, shooting two students, the Associated Press reported. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
UPDATED 1:05 p.m. EST – Four people were injured in a school shooting at Madison High School in Ohio Monday, local news station WCPO Cincinnati reported. Two students were shot and two were hit with shrapnel while trying to escape the shooter who opened fire on the school cafeteria, and none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
UPDATED 12:15 p.m. EST – Madison High School in Ohio declared that its students were safe while the school remained on lockdown following reports of an active shooter, according to a post purporting to be from the school’s official Facebook page. The post confirmed that three students were injured in the shooting, and none of them was in life-threatening condition.
“At this time we plan to dismiss early, however we cannot do this without your cooperation. The Butler County Sheriff Office has asked that everyone stay back until they can clear the scene,” read the announcement. The school encouraged parents to keep the school grounds clear until they lifted the lockdown. Despite the school’s warning, parents had already begun arriving on the scene, according to a photo posted from the verified account of a local reporter.
One suspect was in custody and the announcement did not mention a second shooter.
— Mary Tignor (@MaryWLWT) February 29, 2016
At least one person was injured Monday following a reported school shooting at Madison High School in Butler County, Ohio, the local NBC news affiliate reported. Police had taken one person into custody.
ALERT: A shooting has been reported at Madison High School in Butler County. That's all I can confirm right now
— Evan Millward (@EvanMillward) February 29, 2016
The condition of the wounded was not yet known, and at least two medical helicopters had arrived on scene to transport them to a nearby hospital, local television station WCPO reported.
The school was placed on lockdown Monday morning following multiple reports of an active shooter. Police have arrived on scene and are searching the campus, located outside of Cincinnati. Authorities have not released the name of the person in custody.
Locals, including one man claiming to be a parent of one of the students, posted messages on Twitter, asking for support and prayers. School officials are in the process of notifying parents as the campus is shared by a middle school and a high school.
Just heard my son's school (Madison Local Schools) is on lockdown. Kids inside the school report there was a shooting. Prayers needed. #Ohio
— Andy Wendt (@AndyWendt) February 29, 2016