The Latest: Shooting suspect charged with attempted murder

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Posted: Feb 29, 2016 4:54 PM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the school shooting near Hamilton, Ohio (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

An Ohio sheriff says a 14-year-old suspect in a school shooting that wounded four classmates, including two who were shot, is in a juvenile lock-up and facing several charges.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the boy has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, inducing panic and making terrorist threats.

Jones says the boy is being questioned.

Jones says a police dog tracked the boy after he fled from the Madison Local Schools cafeteria and threw down his gun. Jones says the boy is a student at the school.

Authorities say two students were injured either from shrapnel or from running away. Jones says all four are in stable condition and expected to recover.

The school is about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

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3:45 p.m.

A 13-year-old girl says she was in a southwest Ohio school cafeteria when a student near her began shooting.

Shelby Kinnin says she heard bangs but didn't realize they were gunshots until she saw a boy "grabbing his leg and falling over."

She says the lunchtime shooting Monday left some students in tears at the campus for Madison Local Schools' junior and senior high students.

Kinnin says many people ran from the scene, and the shooter went out a door. She says she recognized him as a boy who was in a class with her last year, though she wasn't sure of his name.

Investigators say they have a 14-year-old suspect in custody.

They say two teenage students were shot, but their injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.

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2 p.m.

A sheriff says a 14-year-old student pulled out a gun in a southwestern Ohio school cafeteria and opened fire, hitting two students.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says two other students were injured at Madison Local Schools either as they tried to get away or from shrapnel from the shooting.

Jones says the suspect ran from the school, threw the gun down and was apprehended nearby.

Jones says the 14-year-old was a student and there was a motive to the shooting which he did not identify.

Investigators say the students who were shot were 14 and 15 years old and were taken to the hospital. Jones says students were eating in the cafeteria when the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m.

The school has said none of injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

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1:15 p.m.

A law enforcement official says a shooting at a southwestern Ohio school district injured four students, with two shot and two hurt some other way.

Chief Anthony Dwyer of the Butler County sheriff's office says the shooting happened in the Madison Local Schools lunchroom and two students may have been hit by shrapnel or trying to get out of the way.

Dwyer says a suspect was taken into custody.

The school district says it's now dismissing students from the junior high and senior high schools as quickly as possible following the shooting.

The school district says on its website that the injuries are not life-threatening and that all other students are safe.

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1 p.m.

A southwestern Ohio school district says it's now dismissing students from the junior high and senior high schools as quickly as possible following a shooting.

Madison Local Schools say both students riding buses and students who drove will be dismissed. The district says elementary students will be dismissed about an hour earlier by bus.

The district has declined to say what happened Monday, except that three students were injured and a suspect in custody. Police in nearby Middletown say on their Facebook page that it was a shooting.

The school district says on its website that the injuries are not life threatening and that all other students are safe.

The campus is near Middletown, roughly 30 miles north of Cincinnati. State records show enrollment of about 250 junior high and 500 high school students.

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12:30 p.m.

Three southwestern Ohio students have been wounded in a shooting at school and a suspect is in custody.

Madison Local Schools officials declined to say what happened, but it says on its website that the injuries are not life threatening. Police in nearby Middletown say on their Facebook page that it was a shooting.

The campus near Middletown, roughly 30 miles north of Cincinnati, is on lockdown and the website message says all other students are safe. The district says students will be dismissed once authorities give the all-clear.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office has asked people to say away from the school until the scene is cleared. Roads are blocked near the school.

State records show enrollment of about 250 junior high and 500 high school students.