The Latest: Lawyer denies Ohio boy’s school shooting charges


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

9:30 a.m.

A 14-year-old boy accused of shooting students at an Ohio school will remain in juvenile detention under a magistrate’s instructions.

He’s charged with attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic and making terroristic threats. His attorney entered a denial of the charges Tuesday in Butler County juvenile court.

The boy’s ankles were shackled as he sat silently during the brief hearing. He kept his head down, reading the complaint. He was ordered to remain in custody pending a hearing April 5.

His attorney and supporters declined to comment afterward.

Authorities say the boy fired at students Monday in a Madison Local Schools cafeteria. Two students were shot, and two others were hurt. The injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.

It’s unclear whether prosecutors might seek to move the case to adult court.

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8:30 a.m.

A recording indicates a 911 caller reporting a shooting at a southwest Ohio school immediately identified the suspect by name.

Breathing heavily, the unidentified caller gives the name of a 14-year-old boy and tells a dispatcher, “He just pulled out his gun and started shooting.”

The scene Monday in a Madison Local Schools cafeteria left four students hurt. Two were shot. Investigators say the other two might have been injured by shrapnel or while running away. The injuries weren’t considered life-threatening.

Sheriff Richard Jones said he’s aware of a motive but wasn’t ready to release it.

The suspect was caught nearby and was expected to appear Tuesday morning in Butler County juvenile court. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has an attorney.

The school district canceled classes and activities Tuesday.

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7 a.m.

An Ohio school district is closed and all extracurricular activities cancelled as authorities investigate a shooting by a 14-year-old boy that injured four students, including two who were hit by gunfire.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in southwestern Ohio says he’s aware of a motive in Monday’s shooting at Madison Local Schools but isn’t ready to release it.

Authorities say the boy pulled out a gun in a school cafeteria and opened fire, hitting two students, and then ran from the school.

The boy threw the weapon down and was apprehended nearby with the help of a police dog.

Two other Madison Local Schools students also were injured, possibly from shrapnel or from running away.

None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.