Just after noon today, Chardon, Ohio, police chief Tim McKenna announced one of the five students shot at Chardon High School has died, Indiana News Center reported.
CNN said three students had been taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after the shootings. Two other students were taken to Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Height, Ohio, one in serious condition and one listed as stable. Three of the students shot were not Chardon students but were on school grounds waiting for a bus to Auburn Career Academy, Reuters noted.
The gunman was identified as a student at the school and is in police custody.
Police have characterized the shootings as the first killing in an Ohio school since 2007. Other gun incidents in Ohio schools in recent years include these:
In October 2007, a 14-year-old student who had been suspended from SuccessTech Academy in Cleveland entered the school with a gun. Asa Coon injured two teachers and two students, then killed himself. The shootings prompted efforts to prevent a repeat tragedy including surveying students throughout the city about their school environments. The findings -- that 60 percent of students felt unsafe at school -- shocked officials and led to a more comprehensive study by American Institute for Research.
Willoughby South High
Tragedy was averted Willoughby South High in 2008 after police successfully disarmed a student with a gun who was threatening suicide. He had fired two shots inside the school, according to the News-Herald.
Wickliffe Middle School
According to the New York Times, Keith A. Ledeger entered Wickliffe Middle School in November 1994, asked for assistant principal Jim Anderson, and shot and injured him. When the custodian, Pete Christopher, tried to intervene, Ledeger shot him dead. The gunman also shot a police officer and a teacher before being taken into custody. The initial report said Ledeger had been drinking and was dressed in camouflage; later reports said he was mentally ill.
Ohio College Shootings of Past Decade
Ohio was the scene of college shootings on two occasions. In March 2010 a disgruntled employee at Ohio State University shot and killed a manager, then shot and killed himself, CNN reported.
Biswanath Halder terrorized Case Western Reserve University for seven hours in 2003, killing one person and wounding two others. He had graduated from the university with an MBA in 1999.
- Chardon High School
- MetroHealth Medical Center