14-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Shooting Two & Injuring Two More at an Ohio High School

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A 14-year-old boy has been taken into custody after four students were injured in a shooting at an Ohio high school.
Authorities arrested James Austin Hancock on the morning of February 29th after an incident in the cafeteria of Madison High in the town of Middletown.

Police responded around 11:15 a.m. to reports of an “active shooter.”

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office say the suspect shot Cameron Smith, 15, and Cooper Caffrey, 14, with a .380 handgun and then fled the scene. Both of those students were rushed to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Brant Murray, 14, and Katherine Doucette, 14, suffered wounds caused by shrapnel.

The teen has been charged with two counts attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault. He is not being charged as an adult.

Hancock walked into the school’s cafeteria and fired six rounds from his .380 handgun.

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He then fled the scene, but was apprehended soon thereafter.

One parent with a child in the school said that the suspect had a smirk on his face.

Authorities, without getting too specific, have said that they have an idea of what Hancock’s motive was, but wouldn’t be announcing it publicly. It’s speculated by one source to be anything bullying to home life. One student at the school said, “Some kids just don’t know when to stop bullying. That’s when kids take it too far and children get shot.”

None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening. The two students who were shot were transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton via AirCare.

One of the boys was hit in the thigh and buttocks, while another was shot in the left arm. Neither student required surgery and both should be released within a few days.

 

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