4 students shot at Ohio high school; suspect in custody

An Ohio State Highway patrol helicopter leaves Chardon High School Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. A gunman opened fire inside the high school’s cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, wounding five students, according to officials and local hospitals. A suspect is in custody.
Tony Dejak | AP
An Ohio State Highway patrol helicopter leaves Chardon High School Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. A gunman opened fire inside the high school’s cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, wounding five students, according to officials and local hospitals. A suspect is in custody.
Posted Feb. 27, 2012, at 10:24 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 27, 2012, at 12:39 p.m.
Doug Gasper, a ninth grader at Chardon High School, is hugged by his mother,  Sandy, as they leave Maple Elementary School Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Students assembled at Maple Elementary School after a shooting took place at the high school.  A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day, wounding four students, officials said. A suspect is in custody.
Tony Dejak | AP
Doug Gasper, a ninth grader at Chardon High School, is hugged by his mother, Sandy, as they leave Maple Elementary School Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Students assembled at Maple Elementary School after a shooting took place at the high school. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day, wounding four students, officials said. A suspect is in custody.

CHARDON, Ohio — A gunman opened fire inside a high school’s cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, wounding four students, officials said. A suspect was in custody.

FBI agent Scott Wilson said there was one suspected shooter. He wouldn’t discuss the extent of the students’ injuries.

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.

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

A spokeswoman for Cleveland’s MetroHealth System said a medical helicopter was dispatched to the high school. Angela Kiska, of the Cleveland Clinic, told WJW-TV in Cleveland that two of the victims were transported to Hillcrest Hospital.

Chardon Local Schools Community Coordinator Ellen Ondrey told WJW that police remained at the scene and that the school was still on lockdown late Monday morning.

All classes in the district were cancelled.

Students at the high school and middle school had already started their day when the shooting happened, but bus runs for elementary school kids were stopped, Ondrey said.

Parents of high school students were told to go to Maple Elementary School to pick up their children.

Chardon is a city of about 5,100 residents.

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