This past Monday 14-year-old James Austin Hancock allegedly shot two classmates at Madison Junior-Senior High School in Middletown, Ohio. The two victims are Cameron Smith, 15, and Cooper Caffrey, 14. Both are said to currently be in stable condition. Hancock wrestles for the school as does Caffrey but Smith may have been the main target.
Here’s how one witness described the shooting according to WCPO….
Carpenter was sitting at a table with Hancock and two other friends, she said. One of them made a comment about “having a problem” with Smith, Carpenter said, and Hancock asked if he should shoot Smith. Hancock told the group he had a gun, Carpenter said, but she didn’t see it until he had it in his hand.
Then, she said, Hancock opened fire. Carpenter recalled hearing five to seven shots.
Police say that they are aware of a motive but have not made it public however they have said that they believe it had nothing to do with bullying. It’s also believed that Hancock got the gun from a relative.
Prosecutors have stated that they will try to have Hancock tried as an adult.
I’ll post more details as they become available and as time allows.