Shootings, pursuit cancels school

SOUTH CHARLESTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Southeastern Schools closed Wednesday after a suspect led police on a pursuit from Springfield to South Charleston.

Police said it all stemmed from a dozen shootings into buildings that happened overnight.

“It’s terrifying. I worry about my kids in general, and the fact that there’s somebody out running the streets with a gun, you just never know,” said Thera Keeton, who has three children in the district.

The incident started in Springfield Tuesday night after shots were fired around 9:30 p.m. on Lincoln Circle. Police were then called to 12 different locations for reports of shootings. The suspects led police on a pursuit into the Village of South Charleston.

“Looked out my bedroom window and they were getting out of their cars chasing somebody on the other side of Town Hall there,” said resident Dana Wine.

Three people were taken into custody after a vehicle was halted by police stop sticks. One person ran from the scene and is still on the loose.

Police in South Charleston took a proactive approach and called Southeastern Schools warning them of the danger.

“I contacted the school bright and early because the last spotting of him was right around 5:30 a.m. up in that area,” said South Charleston Police Chief Brian Redish.

“I feel good that our kids are safe and home today,” said Southeastern Schools Superintendent David Shea, who made the decision to cancel school.

Keeton said her daughter rides her bike about half a mile to school every day and worries about her safety. She said she knows police are working hard but will be on edge until the final suspect is caught.

“It worries me a lot. I’ve lived here for five years and I’ve never had to lock my doors or my windows, and I went around this morning to make sure everything was locked up,” said Keeton.

Police said they have stepped up patrols and have extra officers on duty. The said no one was hurt in the shootings, but several homes and cars were damaged. If you have any information that could help, call police.

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