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Monday, February 27, 2012

One Student Dies in Ohio School Shooting

A teenage gunman killed a fellow student and wounded four others at a high school in northeast Ohio early Monday before being chased away and arrested, authorities said.

The 17-year-old began shooting at Chardon High School around 7:30 a.m., before school started, police said. Several teachers chased the suspect from the school, federal authorities said, and he was later arrested near his car a mile away.

Authorities didn't immediately identify the alleged gunman, citing his status as a juvenile, or comment on a motive. "Folks, just bear with us, we have a lot of homework to do," Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said at an afternoon news conference in Chardon, a town of 5,100 about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman said authorities believe the suspect was a student at the school.

Danny Komertz, a 15-year-old who said he witnessed the shooting, in the cafeteria, told the Associated Press the gunman was known as an outcast.

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