MIDDLETOWN, OH - A 14-year-old student opened fire Monday in an Ohio high school cafeteria, injuring four students, police said. He fled the scene and was apprehended shortly after, police said.
Two Madison High School students were shot and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injures, police said, adding that two others were injured, possibly by flying shrapnel.
Police identified the suspect as 14-year-old James Austin Hancock in a televised press conference and said he had been charged with attempted murder and inducing panic.
The two students who were shot were identified by police as 15-year-old Cameron Smith and 14-year-old Cooper Caffery. The other two injured were 14-year-old Brant Murray and 14-year-old Katherine Doucette.
Parents of the injured students had been notified, police said.
Hancock fled the school and dropped the gun following the shooting, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said, before he was arrested near the school.
The first call about the shooting came at 11:15 a.m. EST, police said.
A lockdown at the school had been lifted after the Butler County Sheriff's Office had declared the scene safe, a follow-up Facebook post by the district said. Student drivers and those riding the bus were being dismissed as of 12:45 p.m. EST, the post said.
The high school's dismissals had concluded as of 1:45 p.m., according to the district. Buses were returning to the elementary school.
Madison Elementary School was scheduled to dismiss an hour early, the district said.
"Please continue to be patient as safety and order are our main priority as we release students," the post said.
Middletown, Ohio, is a town of nearly 50000 people in Southwest Ohio, between Cincinnati and Dayton. Approximately 750 students attend Madison High School, According to the school's website.
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