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4 Students Injured In Shooting At Ohio High School

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Two students were shot and two additional students were injured Monday during a shooting at a high school in Madison Township, Ohio. A suspect is in custody and all other students are safe, according to the school district’s Facebook page

Madison Local School District confirmed the incident on Facebook, saying that none of the students sustained life-threatening injuries.

The shooting occurred at Madison Jr/Sr High School, according to multiple local media reports. The district website says it is located in Butler County, Ohio, west of the city of Middletown.

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According to reports from the scene, the shooter pulled out a a .38 caliber firearm and shot two students in the cafeteria before fleeing from the school. Police used K-9 units to track him down.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones identified the shooter as a 14-year-old student and said he had been charged with counts of attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic and making terrorist threats. He is currently being held in a juvenile detention facility.

Jones added that investigators are still working on determining where the teen obtained the firearm used in the shooting and whether the students shot were targeted or random. Authorities reportedly have an idea of the motive, but they aren’t releasing any further details at this point.

According to federal statistics, 65 percent of school shootings in the U.S. are carried out with firearms that were obtained from the attacker’s home. As of 2014, one in three U.S. households with children under the age of 18 had a gun in the home; of those households, nearly half (45%) kept at least one unlocked, loaded firearm in the home.



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