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Ohio high school shooting: 1 killed, 4 injured at Chardon High

February 27, 2012|By Michael Muskal

One student was killed and four were injured in a shooting Monday morning at a high school in suburban Chardon, Ohio, authorities have reported.

A suspect was taken into custody, but his name was being withheld because he's a juvenile, said Chardon Police Chief Timothy McKenna. The suspect, who is believed to be a student at the school, has yet to be charged, the chief said.

McKenna announced the death and injuries in a televised briefing. The injured students were hospitalized, McKenna said, but he gave no additional details on their conditions.

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Earlier, officials had said the gunman opened fire with a handgun in the school cafeteria about 7:30 a.m. The victims were found in three separate locations.

An adult forced the gunman out of the building, and he was arrested nearby, McKenna said.

The deadliest shooting at a high school was on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Colorado. Two seniors -- Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold -- killed 12 students and one  teacher. They also injured 21 other students; three people were injured while attempting to escape. The pair later committed suicide.

Columbine was the fourth-deadliest school massacre in United States history -- after the 1927 Bath School disaster, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, and the 1966 University of Texas massacre.

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michael.muskal@latimes.com

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