Accused Ohio school shooter could be in court Tuesday

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Classes are canceled Tuesday for students at Madison Junior-Senior High School after a teen opens fire on his classmates.

James Austin Hancock could be in Butler County Juvenile Court for his arraignment as early as Tuesday morning.

The 14-year old is facing attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic and with making terroristic threats.

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Hancock is accused of shooting two students and injuring two others during lunch time at the school.

The students range from 14 to 15 years old and all suffered non-life threatening injuries.

After opening fire, officials say Hancock ran from the school, dropped his gun but was caught 15 minutes later with his weapon found by authorities.

A parent of one of the students that was injured spoke to cameras and says she’s just thankful everyone is alive. Stephanie Doucette told reporters, “God definitely had his angels watching her today making sure she wasn’t injured too severely, even the 3 other children that were hurt, the angels were definitely in that school.”

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Police say Hancock had a motive for the shooting but aren’t releasing any information yet.

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