Associated Press [Fox 8, Chardon,OH]
Published February 27, 2012
AP – Feb. 27: S.W.A.T. members leave Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio Monday. A gunman opened fire inside the high school’s cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing one student and wounding four others.
URGENT: One student was killed and five were wounded during a shooting early Monday at an Ohio high school, authorities said. A suspect, whose name has not been released, is in police custody.
Civil deputy Erin Knife with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. Monday at Chardon High School.
The suspected gunman, believed to be a student, fled the school on foot and was later apprehended after turning himself in. Authorities have not released the juvenile’s name because he has not been charged yet.
Law enforcement officials said earlier that three of the shooting victims are in critical condition, while one victim is in stable condition. The victims have not yet been identified.
The situation is under control and an FBI SWAT team is on the scene, police said.
A parent waiting outside the school told the station that her daughter sent her a text message, saying the shooting took place inside the cafeteria.
Another student reported hearing a total of five shots fired, the station reported.
Student Heather Ziska, who was just feet away when the gunman opened fire, said a normal morning was interrupted by strange sounds in a hallway, then the sight of the gunman beginning to shoot.
The 17-year-old junior said she and other students began hearing popping noises in a nearby hallway. Ziska said she then saw a boy with a gun who she recognized as a fellow student come into the cafeteria and start shooting.
She said she and several others immediately ran outside, while other friends ran into a middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers’ lounge.
The wounded students were reportedly airlifted to local hospitals.
The 1,100-student high school is about 30 miles east of Cleveland.
At least four of the shooting victims at Chardon High School are students. Three are in critical condition, while one victim is in stable condition, according to authorities. The condition of the fifth person is unknown.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.