WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (WDTN) — A student at West Liberty-Salem High School was shot during an attack at the school on Friday morning.
The shooting happened just after 7:30 a.m. on Friday, just before school started.
Authorities say another West Liberty-Salem High School student committed the shooting and is in custody.
Sixteen-year-old Logan Cole was named as the victim. Cole’s family said in a statement released by a Columbus hospital where he’s being treated it thanks friends, relatives and the community for their support.
The statement encourages prayers for the shooter and his family.
Authorities say Cole was shot more than once with a shotgun wielded by a 17-year-old student.
According to the Ohio Department of Education, the West Liberty-Salem School District has 1,189 students on it’s K-12 campus. There are over 600 that attend the middle and high school.
A student who was evacuated to Lions Club ballpark tells 2 NEWS she heard the gunshots. At first, the student, Avery Seymour, thought it was a drill or a nail gun because of nearby construction.
She said students at the school used chairs to break windows and escape after shots rang out.
West Liberty-Salem Superintendent Kraig Hissong says students and teachers used the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) method to evacuate the school. Hissong said all students and staff did a good job of following the method to get out safely.
Hissong said staff and students used desks, brooms and other items to block the doors, before evacuating through windows.
Law enforcement will give another update on the investigation at 3:30 p.m. at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.