Students Avoid Shooter Due to Abrupt Change of Plans

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CHARDON, Ohio -- Maria Creagh sat three feet from her teenage daughter, Victoria, and smiled as tears of relief welled up in her eyes.

"I'm just grateful that she's alive," Maria said softly.

Victoria and her friend, Nick Kraft, both seniors, normally sit at the breakfast table where the shooting began on Monday morning at Chardon High School.

At the last moment, they waited for a friend, then Nick decided he wasn't hungry - or the pair would have been sitting at that table when the shooting began.

"He's approaching kids and just firing," Nick said, adding that it looked as if the shooter knew who he was targeting.

"It looked like something out of a movie," Victoria said, "like a serial killer just slowly walking towards people and shooting."

Maria said she's thinking of the families who lost a child or are tending to wounded children.

"Shocking that this happened in Chardon," she said.