One Dead, 4 Wounded in Ohio School Shooting

3 Chardon High School students in critical condition; boy arrested
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2012 8:37 AM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2012 11:36 AM CST
An Ohio State Highway patrol helicopter leaves Chardon High School Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – A student gunman shot and killed one student and injured four others at a northeastern Ohio high school this morning, sending the school into immediate "lockdown." Police believe they've apprehended the lone shooter, saying they tracked him after he fled the building, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The shooting occurred in the Chardon High School cafeteria before first period. According to a parent whose child witnessed it, a boy "stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos."

Students fled the cafeteria, taking shelter in classrooms. The school went into "lockdown" mode, and students were evacuated to nearby Maple Elementary. A county SWAT team arrived a short while later. Of the four victims who were injured, two were airlifted to a Cleveland trauma center, while two others were driven to nearby Hillcrest Hospital. Of the latter two, a 17-year-old boy is in serious condition, and an 18-year-old girl is stable, according to WEWS 5. One student says that someone had tweeted that they would bring a gun to school, but that no one had taken it seriously. The parent of another student tells Fox 8 News that the shooter was "going for certain people" rather than attacking at random. (Read more Ohio stories.)

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