Accused Ohio school shooter could be in court Tuesday

James Hancock faces several charges including attempted murder.

Madison Junior-Senior High School in Butler County, Ohio. (WDTN)
Madison Junior-Senior High School in Butler County, Ohio, scene of a school shooting on Feb. 29, 2016. (WDTN)

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

James Hancock could be in Butler County Juvenile Court for his arraignment as early as Tuesday morning. The 14-year-old student is facing charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic and making terroristic threats.

Hancock is accused of shooting two students and injuring two others during lunch time at the school. The victims range from 14 to 15 years old and all suffered non-life threatening injuries.

After opening fire, police say Hancock ran from the school and dropped his gun, but was caught 15 minutes later. Officers later found the weapon.

A parent of one of the students that was injured 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.”

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

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