Suspect in Butler County school shooting is 14-year-old student

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MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Four students were injured and another was in custody Monday after a 14-year-old allegedly opened fire in an Ohio school cafeteria, authorities said.

Two of the victims were shot, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones told reporters. The other two were injured “either by shrapnel from the handgun or by injuries getting away from the active shooter,” he said. All four are expected to survive.

The sheriff identified the suspected gunman as a 14-year-old. He was taken into custody outside of the school, and faces charges as a juvenile of attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic, and making terroristic threats, Jones said. FOX 8 News is not naming the suspect.

Madison Local Schools said in an earlier Facebook post that three students had been hurt and all others were safe.

The shooting happened at Madison Junior-Senior High School in Middletown, Ohio.

The sheriff said authorities were working to determine a motive. He declined to say whether the victims were targeted or random.

“It’s a pretty traumatic experience. Imagine being in a cafeteria when you were growing up — and you were in school, and you’re eating lunch — and then all of a sudden, there’s an active shooter,” Jones said.

“To this day, it seems as though there’s more school shootings … there’s police officers being shot,” he said. “It’s the times we live and you got prepare and train for that.”

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