Gunfire puts Roger Bacon High School homecoming powder puff game on hold

Students take cover when shots heard nearby
Posted at 1:14 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 19:56:42-04

SAINT BERNARD, Ohio -- Administrators at Roger Bacon High School didn't take any chances when they thought they heard gunshots around 1:30 p.m. Monday just before players were scheduled to take the field for a homecoming week powder puff game.

"There's a neighborhood located up on the hill behind the the stadium," said Principal Steve Schad. "You can't see it from the stadium. We heard what we thought were fireworks or what we thought were shots."

With creepy clown threats and the Sept. 27 shooting of three men at an Elder High School soccer match fresh on their minds, Schad said the students eating lunch at the stadium took cover under the bleachers before returning to the school. They decided to reschedule the game for Thursday.

"You always want to be safe and not sorry. We had all of our staff down there. We got our kids together. We made sure that we had everybody accounted for and nobody was in danger," Schad said. "Homecoming is important to our kids. We will continue to to make sure its a safe as possible as we do all the time, but we will continue to move forward."

Lt. Steve Saunders of the Cincinnati Police Department confirmed that officers recovered one round near the intersection of Rion Lane and Clifton Springs Avenue. Nobody was injured. 

Saunders said they have no information on possible suspects or whether the shooting was between people or just someone shooting into the air. If the shooter is found, that person would face charges for inciting panic, Saunders said.