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ROSS TWP., Ohio - Five men were arrested after they allegedly shot at Ross High School multiple times Friday.

Ross Township police say the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. at the school located at 3601 Hamilton Cleves Road.

Police say that several shots had struck the school's administration building from behind, including one that went through a window and into a wall. The high school and middle school in the area were immediately locked down as a precaution, but no shots actually struck either of the schools in the area.

Officers came under heavy and continuous fire as they attempted to locate the source of the gunfire. Five individuals were finally located at a farm on nearby Herman Road who were in possession of multiple handguns and assault rifles. They were ordered to drop their weapons and were taken into custody.

An investigation into the shooting found that the men were target shooting up a hill and failed to check the area behind their targets. A residence, the school buildings and a heavily occupied construction zone on State Route 128 were all behind their targets. Officials recovered four handguns, two assault rifles, one rifle and two shotguns along with approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

No injuries were reported and police say the residence was unoccupied during the incident.

Arrested and charged with discharging firearms near prohibited premises and inducing panic are Matthew Ziegler, 29, of Cincinnati, Michael Ziegler, 27, of Cincinnati, Dennis Obrien, 30, of Cincinnati, Brandon Oden, 29, of Cincinnati, and Derek Stark, 26, of Cincinnati. Stark was also charged with having weapons under disability. All five men were booked into the Butler county jail.

The incident remains under investigation. Arraignment dates have not been set for the men.


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