Other items of interest:
One unidentified student told MSNBC that the gunman wore a black trench coat, reminiscent of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. The boy was frequently involved in fights, the student said. (LA Times)And this:
Fox19.com has a good summary, photos and video:
Coon removed his slacks and a red and gray hooded sweatshirt and put on black jeans and Marilyn Manson concert T-shirt, Smith said."I don't know what I was thinking, he said. "I didn't want him to shoot me." (Cleveland Metro News)
When Smith saw Coon load a gun, he left but didn't tell a teacher.
Update 5:00pm ET: Asa Coon is the spelling of the name of the shooter being reported, though I find that unlikely. From students, Asa had threatened to stab everybody and blow up the school Friday. Students also say he was crazy. Also, reportedly, both weapons found on scene were both guns.
Wow: Coon was charged in 2006 with domestic violence.
???: One of the victims, 18 year old Darnell Rodgers, talking to reporters, says he is going to start a non-profit organization to stop violence in schools and increase security. Good for him, but the way he talks I have a hard time believing that was his idea.
Two weapons or more have been found on the scene. The whole thing may have been captured on surveillance video.
There's a lot of talk about metal detectors, and the reports of the school having those in place are contradictory. The school did have security guards.
Update: A Cleveland Fox affiliate has the latest, with video, photos, and a map:
Four people have been shot at Success Tech Academy, a Cleveland High School, at East 14th and Lakeside Avenue, police say.Latest from Reuters:
Cleveland police say the shooter who opened fire is dead, and it appears he shot himself.
One shooting victim has been taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and three victims have been taken to Metro Health Medical Center.
Two adults and two students were shot and wounded at a high school near downtown Cleveland, officials said on Wednesday, and local media said the suspected shooter, also believed to be a student, was dead.NY Daily News says there are three shot, but I think they assumed that from the number of people carried out on stretchers.
Mayor Frank Jackson said that two men aged 42 and 57 and two male students ages 17 and 14 had been shot but provided no other details.
"All the children are in stable, good condition," Jackson told reporters, adding that the two adults were in a more "elevated" condition.
"They have the shooter," he said without elaborating.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer quoting police sources said the shooter, who it had identified earlier as a 14-year-old boy, was dead but gave no details on how he died.
Jackson also said a third student, a 14-year-old girl, was injured in a fall during the incident at SuccessTech Academy, a specialized school that concentrates on math and technology.
The injured and the families affected are in my prayers.