Boy hurt in school shooting: I went under table

Posted at 11:34 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 23:35:35-05

MADISON TOWNSHIP (BUTLER COUNTY), Ohio -- Brant Murray said he didn't get a good look at the boy accused of shooting a gun in his school's cafeteria Monday. And the boy didn't really say anything, Murray said: He just shot and ran out.

Murray, 14, was one of four students injured at Madison Jr./Sr. High School during the lunchtime shooting; all are expected to recover.

Shrapnel hit Murray in the calves and thighs; he was sitting at a lunch table with two boys who were shot.

"I saw the gun, so I ducked under the table and I grabbed my friend," Murray said. "So we're laying under the table, and he ran out after he shot the two kids next to me."

Cameron Smith, 15, and Cooper Caffrey, 14, were taken to Miami Valley Hospital after they were shot. Neither needed surgery Monday, and the Madison Local Schools said both were "in very high spirits" later that night.

Katherine Doucette, 14, also was hurt; she posted on Facebook that a bullet grazed her, and that the injury wasn't serious.

Students returned to classes at Madison on Wednesday; for many, Monday's violence was still fresh.

"It felt really strange, but with all the therapists that came and the counselors, it felt a whole lot safer," student Mitchell Ramsey said.

Churches have held numerous prayer vigils; the small community is committed to moving forward.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office believes the boy who opened fire was Austin Hancock, 14. He's been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, inducing panic and making terrorist threats.

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In juvenile court, Hancock denied the charges, the equivalent of a not-guilty plea. Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser is weighing the evidence as he considers whether to move the case to adult court.

"He was a good kid until he did what he did," Murray said. "He was liked by many people, and he was funny."