Champaign Co. school shooting suspect could be tried as an adult

WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials have identified the school shooting suspect as 17-year-old Ely Ray Serna, a student at West Liberty-Salem High School.

The Champaign County Prosecutor’s Office said Serna was immediately arrested following the shooting Friday morning, according to a press release.

The sheriff’s office seized a 12 gauge shotgun at the school and believe it’s what the suspect used.

Two students were hurt in the shooting. One with non-life threatening injuries and the other is in critical, but stable condition.

The prosecutor’s office is expected to file a motion pushing Serna be tried as an adult Monday morning.

Serna is facing two counts of attempted murder, three counts of felonious assault, 6 counts of improperly discharging a firearm in a school zone,  inducing panic, and possession of a deadly weapon in a school zone.

Serna is on the wrestling team and honor roll.

The suspect is being held in the county’s juvenile detention center and is due in court on Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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