4 students shot at Ohio school; suspect in custody

Published:

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Officials say four students were wounded in a shooting at their high school outside Cleveland and one person is in custody.

FBI agent Scott Wilson said after Monday morning's shooting that there was one suspected shooter. He wouldn't discuss the extent of the students' injuries.

The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. Monday at Chardon High School.

Chardon is about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Gunfire at a high school outside Cleveland injured a number of students Monday morning, and at least one suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.

The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School about 30 miles east of Cleveland, said Civil Deputy Erin Knife of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. She didn't know the number of victims, but multiple news reports cited four students shot.

Television news footage showed anxious parents escorting children away from a school building, and ambulances could be seen outside.

Superintendent Joseph Bergant II told television station WKYC that the culprit is in custody. He said he didn't know the extent of the students' injuries.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland's MetroHealth System said a medical helicopter was dispatched to the high school. Schools in the area were locked down.

Bob Herp, a Chardon trauma nurse, was at a command scene at a local Wal-Mart store where he said helicopters were on the ground.

Chardon is a city of about 5,100 residents.