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Sheriff Says Two Teens Knew Butler County School Shooter Had A Gun

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones
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Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says two 14-year-old Madison Junior/Senior High School students knew a boy had a gun at school before he allegedly opened fire in the cafeteria, injuring four other students.

Jones says the students failed to tell authorities, and they've been charged with failing to report a crime.

Jones says 14-year-old James Austin Hancock showed the gun to both boys early in the school day, before the lunchtime shooting Monday. Hancock has pleaded not guilty to delinquency charges including attempted murder, and remains in juvenile detention. Two students who were shot and two others who were hurt are expected to recover. Jones has yet to publicly disclose a motive, but says that information has been turned over to the county prosecutor. Jones says Hancock obtained the .380-caliber weapon from a family member.