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Officials identify Warren County Career Center student killed in shooting

No suspect, no motive released
Posted at 10:49 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 20:03:57-05

TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Warren County Sheriff’s deputies are still looking for a suspect and a motive in a double shooting that killed a high schooler and wounded another early Friday.

Deputies found 18-year-old Mason Trudics, a student at the Warren County Career Center, dead and an unidentified juvenile critically wounded on Oregonia Road. Both were Centerville City Schools students attending programs outside Centerville High School.

Deputies were still investigating what led up to the shootings. They said they had responded to a homeowner’s 911 call about “prowlers” just before 3 a.m.

Chopper 9 flew overhead while deputies combed through the yard outside the house throughout much of the day.

The two victims were acquaintances, officials said, and the wounded boy had to be taken to a hospital by aircare. He is expected to recover.

Superintendent Rick Smith said Trudics’ death affected everyone at the career center.

"Anytime a student passes away or gets killed, it’s a tragedy ... Our hearts go out to his family, our students and staff,” Smith said.

Smith said he has no information that the surviving victim is one of his students.

The district had extra counselors on campus Friday and they will return next week to support students and staff, Smith said.

WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.