Madison Township, OH (WDTN 2 NEWS) — Authorities are investigating a shooting at a high school in Madison Township, Ohio.
Butler County’s Sheriff, Richard Jones, just met with reporters and said they have an idea of a motive, but he did not share that with the media.
The names of the two victims who were shot are 14-year-old Cameron Smith and 14-year-old Cooper Caffrey. Earlier, officials told 2 NEWS that the two were 15-years-old.
Two other students were injured by shrapnel in the incident. They are 14-year-old Brant Murray and 14-year-old Katherine Doucette. Sheriff Jones said all families have been notified of their students’ involvement.
Sheriff Jones said the suspect is a 14-year-old student. He was taken into custody outside the school just minutes after the shooting. Jones says the suspect threw his weapon on the ground. He is being questioned by investigators.
Two 14-year-old boys are being evaluated at Miami Valley Hospital by the hospital’s trauma team in Dayton. They are reportedly in stable condition. It is unknown if they were the victims who were shot.
WDTN’s Kelley King spoke with a family member of one of the victims. They tell us her grandson suffered injuries to the the elbow and abdomen, and that he is in surgery right now.
Two students were shot and two were injured, possibly by shrapnel, according to Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw. WLWT is reporting that the suspect fired shots inside the cafeteria.
It is believed that the students suffered non-life threatening injuries at Madison Junior/Senior High School, according to the school’s Facebook page. The school is located on West Alexandria Road in Madison Township, near Middletown.
2 NEWS is learning from WLWT that an eighth grader brought the gun to school.
Police and parents are on scene trying to make sense of Monday’s events. The suspect is reportedly in custody, Madison Local Schools confirmed on its Facebook page.
The students have reportedly been flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton for treatment.
“Madison Jr/Sr High School will be dismissing as soon as we have received clearance of the scene from Butler County Sheriff. Madison Elementary School will dismiss 1 HOUR EARLY. At this time we are still on LOCKDOWN. No students can be picked up at this time as we are not allowing anyone in or out of the building,” according to a post from the school.