One killed, 4 wounded in school shooting in US
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 00:28
Chardon: A gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria in the US state of Ohio on Monday, killing one student and wounding four others, authorities said.

A suspect, believed to be a student, was arrested a short distance away.

The suspect was taken into custody near his car one kilometre from the suburban Cleveland school, the FBI said. FBI agent Scott Wilson would not comment on a possible motive for the attack.

Panicked students screamed and ran through the halls when gunfire broke out at the start of the school day at 1,100-student Chardon High School.

Heather Ziska, 17, said she was in the cafeteria when she and other students heard popping noises in the hall. She said she saw a boy she recognised as a fellow student come into the cafeteria and start shooting.

She said she and several others immediately ran outside, while other friends ran into a middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers' lounge.

"Everybody just started running," said 17-year-old Megan Hennessy, who was in class when she heard loud noises.

"Everyone was running and screaming down the hallway." Five students were taken to local hospitals, officials said.

One student later died, Police Chief Timothy McKenna said. The suspect is a juvenile who was not immediately charged. His name was not released.

The condition of the wounded students was not disclosed. Chardon, a town of about 5,100 people, is about 50 kilometres east of Cleveland.


First Published: Monday, February 27, 2012, 21:09

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