At around around 11:15 a.m. Monday at Madison Jr/Sr High School in Ohio, a 14-year-old boy opened fire in the cafeteria during lunchtime, according to Butler County investigators.
The shooter has been identified as James Austin Hancock, a student at the school. WLWT reports that four students were injured. Two were shot and two others suffered injuries from shrapnel or while trying to flee the building.
After the shooting, Hancock ran from the school and dropped the weapon, Sheriff Richard Jones said. He added that the teenage shooter was taken into custody near school grounds and is being questioned.
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Jones said authorities have an idea of the motive for the shooting, but no details were offered.
Jones said Hancock is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, inducing panic and making terroristic threats — all felony charges.
The injured students suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A least two of the students were taken to the hospital via AirCare and are listed in stable condition, according to officials.
A student who was feet away from the shooter recalled hearing the four shots and alerting others to take cover behind locked doors.
“My legs won’t stop shaking for another hour,” said the student, said Zayd Ahmed, a junior at the school, according to WCPO.
“I hear ‘Bang!’ so I thought someone dropped a tray because that always happens,” he said. “Then maybe a pause for five seconds, then ‘Bang! Bang! Bang’ – a total of four shots. I’m like, ‘What is going on?’ I know that’s a gun. All the police from the resource officers room, they ran out straight to the cafeteria.”
Ahmed explained that he “ran back in the library” and no one in that room was aware of the shooting.
“Nobody really heard anything in the library. I’m like, ‘How could you not hear that?’ It was very loud. They’re just sitting there like, ‘Oh, what was that?’ I said, ‘No, there’s a shooting.’ And I knocked on the door for the teacher and she opened the door and she’s like, ‘Don’t knock so loud,’ and I’m, ‘No, there’s a shooting, we need to get out of here.'”
Ahmed went on to tell the reporter that the teacher led the students in the library to another room where they could hide.
“She got her keys and we went back through a little hall in the library and went to another room,” he said.
“We got some crackers out and just kind of sat there and waited,” he continued.
“Right now, I’m shocked. I’m thinking, ‘Eighth graders, little eighth-graders, Ahmed said. “What are they doing with a gun? I’m just thinking the parents need to lock their guns up and be more cautious. And if it’s a kid’s being bullied, they need to talk to him more and have more resources – stuff like that.”
In total, the shooter is facing 6 juvenile charges.