Breaking: School shooting in Ohio wounds four, shooter in custody

Three boys and a girl were wounded today when a 17-year-old opened fire in a suburban Ohio school this morning. The gunman fled but was captured nearby after the school locked down and SWAT teams raced to the crime scene:

Four students were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the cafeteria of a suburban Cleveland high school just as the school day was beginning Monday, law enforcement officials said.

The suspected Chardon High School shooter – believed to be a student, according to a school official – was in custody, FBI Special Agent Scott Wilson told reporters. …

School administrators locked down schools in the city of Chardon, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. and assured parents that all remaining students were safe.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the shooting took place in the cafeteria at the beginning of the school day:

The shooting happened in the cafeteria, according to a waiting parent, Jessica Bryant, whose freshman daughter, Allison, had seen it and texted her.

Parents were being told at 8:21 that it might not be safe to remain near the school. Maple Elementary school across the street was being evacuated. …

A local official said three boys and a girl were injured. Four ambulances — from Chardon, Kirtland, Burton and Chesterland — arrived at the school just after 8. Sources said three of the students were flown to the trauma center at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

I’ll update the story as more details come in.

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