School Shooting in Cleveland

A gunman opened fire in a downtown high school in Cleveland Wednesday injuring 5 before killing himself.

A gunman opened fire in a downtown high school Wednesday before killing himself, and five people were taken to a hospital, authorities said.

Mayor Frank Jackson said three teens and two adults were hurt. He said the children were in “stable, good condition,” and the adults were in “a little elevated condition.”

Police said SuccessTech Academy had been secured and that the lone suspect had fatally shot himself. Students said he was enrolled at the alternative school but did not attend class Wednesday.

Student Doneisha LeVert, who hid in a closet with two other students after she heard a “Code Blue” alert over the loudspeaker, said the shooter had threatened students Friday.

“He’s crazy. He threatened to blow up our school. He threatened to stab everybody,” she said.

The mayor said two boys, ages 14 and 17, were hurt, as were two men, ages 42 and 57, and a 14-year-old girl he said fell and hurt her knee while running out of the school.

The shooting occurred across the street from the FBI office in downtown Cleveland, and students were being sent to the FBI site.

SuccessTech Academy is an alternative high school in the Cleveland city school district that emphasizes technology and entrepreneurship. The school has about 240 mainly black students with a small number of white and Hispanic students. All the students are considered poor under federal poverty guidelines.

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