EDUCATION

Chardon High School Shooting: 4 Injured, 1 Suspect In Custody

02/27/2012 09:39 am ET | Updated Apr 28, 2012

UPDATE 2/27/2012 12:08 p.m.: One student injured in the Ohio school shooting Monday morning has died, WKYC reports.

UPDATE 2/27/2012 11:20 a.m.: The FBI is reporting that five students were injured in an Ohio school shooting Monday, according to the Associated Press. All have been taken to area hospitals.

PREVIOUSLY:

At least three students have been injured in a shooting Monday morning at Chardon High School in northeast Ohio, according to local reports.

The school was placed on lockdown after the incident reportedly occurred at 7:30 a.m., just before classes started. Students were soon evacuated from the school and transported to a nearby elementary school to be released to parents, WOIO reports. Other schools in the area are also on lockdown.

Chardon Police remain on the scene as the district is in "crisis mode," Chardon Community Coordinator Ellen Ondrey told Fox 8 News.

Police scanner traffic is reporting three victims critical and one stable, according to WYTV. Several of the wounded have been airlifted by medical helicopter, WKYC reports.

One student gunman has been taken into custody and weapons have been recovered. WYTV reports that the suspect was located by following his tracks in the snow. Initial reports suspected a second shooter, but the FBI believes there was only one gunman who was likely a male student, according to WKYC.

A parent told The Plain Dealer that the shooting occurred while students were eating breakfast in the cafeteria. A boy "stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos," parent Jeannette Roth said. A teacher saw the shooting occur and chased the suspect, who still escaped.

About 1,100 students attend Chardon High, and all classes in the Chardon school district have been canceled for the day.

Check back for updates, pending a Board of Education press conference, and watch WKYC's live report above.

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