15-year-old boy indicted as juvenile in Ohio school shooting

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting and wounding two students in a school cafeteria has been indicted as a juvenile on charges including attempted murder in Ohio.

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser (MOH’-zur) says a grand jury in Hamilton on Wednesday indicted the boy under a serious youthful offender classification on four counts of attempted murder, four counts of felonious assault and an inducing panic count.

James Austin Hancock is charged in the Feb. 29 shooting at a Madison Local Schools campus near Middletown. He denied initial charges through his attorney.

Gmoser says Hancock could be sentenced to the Ohio Department of Youth Services until his 21st birthday if he’s convicted of attempted murder.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles charged with crimes, but Hancock’s name has been widely reported.


This story has been corrected to show that Gmoser is the prosecutor in Butler County, not Hamilton County, and that Hancock is now 15, not 14.