One student has died following a shooting this morning at Chardon High School. Four others were injured. The shooter is in custody.
Police will not yet name the gunman, saying only that he has not yet been charged, and that he is a juvenile.
The gunman opened fire with a handgun before 8:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria where students were eating breakfast.
The shooter was chased out of the building by a teacher and turned himself in to a passerby. Police have not confirmed that the gunman was a student at the school, but junior Heather Ziska told the Associated Press she just a few feet away when he opened fire, and she recognized the shooter as a fellow student.
“Our prayers go out to the five victims and their families,” School Superintendent Jospeh Bergant said. “It’s a horrible tragedy.”
Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland praised the reaction to the shooting.
“A prompt entry was made into the school. They went into the school and located the victims. It became readily apparent that the shooter had fled already,” McClelland said. “The individual was apprehended some distance from the school and had fled on foot.”
Via ABC News.