As many as five students were shot this morning at Chardon High School near Cleveland.
Students told their parents a shooter entered the school’s cafeteria and opened fire at around 7:30am using a handgun. The school was on lockdown, but that lockdown has now been lifted as police report they have the suspect in custody.
Witnesses say the five students who were shot were from Auburn Career Center, a vocational high school, and were waiting for a bus that would take them there. There is no information on the victims’ condition at this point. Two were flown by helicopter to Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights and three were flown by helicopter to Metro Health Medical in Cleveland.
One student told WEWS-TV in Cleveland this morning that the shooter was a student and that he had tweeted earlier that he was going to bring a gun to school. The student, Evan Erasmus, said that no one took the student’s tweet seriously.
Auburn Career Center offers programs for high school students like computer networking, welding, construction, automotive repair, internet development and cosmetology.
Update 12:00pm: Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna says that one of the five shooting victims has now died. The shooter is a juvenile and has not yet been charged so his name will not be released yet.
Update 11:27am: The superintendent of Auburn Career Center says that at least three of the five victims of the shooting at Chardon High School were in fact waiting for the bus to head to the career center for their half-day program. She says these Auburn Career Center students most likely are high school juniors.
Update 10:31am: At a press conference on scene, officials update the number of victims to five, and report that the shooter turned himself in to innocent bystanders after fleeing the school. Three or four of the victims are boys and one is a girl.
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