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Four Students Injured In Butler County School Shooting; Suspected Arrested

Feb 29, 2016

James Austin Hancock
Credit Butler County Sheriff's Office

The Butler County Sheriff's department is investigating a school shooting this morning that injured four students.  

Sheriff Richard Jones says the alleged shooter,  14-year old James Austin Hancock pulled out a gun in the Madison Jr/Sr High School cafeteria around 11:30 this morning and opened fire, hitting two students.  Two other were injured either by shrapnel or as they tried to escape. The student then reportedly ran from the school, tossing the gun aside, and was caught nearby.  Jones says there was a motive to the shooting but he declined to give details.    The school has said none of injuries were believed to be life-threatening. Students were dismissed soon after the incident, and two schools nearby were temporarily place on lockdown. The incident is the tenth school shooting in the country this year.