High school staff stopped shooter

A school shooting that left one student hospitalized and others scrambling out classroom windows could have been far worse if not for the heroics of staff members who stopped the shooter and had him pinned down when police arrived, authorities said.

The shooter, who fired a shotgun, intended to harm more people than the student who was hit, Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin said.

A 17-year-old senior was in custody facing a preliminary charge of felonious assault, with an initial hearing scheduled Monday, authorities said.

“As tragic as this situation is, we are very, very fortunate,” prosecutor Kevin Talebi said. “It could have been much worse. I’m very, very thankful that, as bad as it is, it didn’t escalate to a much more tragic incident.”

Authorities identified the injured student as a 16-year-old junior. He was hospitalized in Columbus in critical condition. He was a random victim, the sheriff said.

The West Liberty High School shooting, in a common hallway, was reported Friday morning just as classes were getting underway at the school complex, which is surrounded by farm fields 45 miles northwest of Columbus.

The suspect had no significant disciplinary issues, school officials said.

— Associated Press

Bushes continue to recover from illnesses

Former president George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, continued to improve Saturday as they recover from illnesses at Houston Methodist Hospital, a family spokesman said.

“President Bush is breathing well without any mechanical assistance, his spirits are high, and he is looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule,” spokesman Jim McGrath said.

George Bush, 92, entered the hospital a week ago after experiencing breathing difficulties that doctors determined were related to pneumonia. On Wednesday, physicians inserted a breathing tube, a ventilator was employed to assist his breathing and he was moved into intensive care. The tube was removed Friday.

“President Bush will be remaining in the ICU for observation for a few more days,” McGrath said. “He is looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule.”

Barbara Bush, 91, entered the hospital Wednesday after feeling run down and coughing for the past few weeks. Doctors determined she had bronchitis, prescribed antibiotics and by the following day she reported feeling better. She’s been kept in the hospital for observation and rest but could be discharged Sunday, McGrath said.

— Associated Press

Two convicted in attack on coach: Two men have been convicted of attempted murder and aggravated battery for a shooting that paralyzed a Chicago high school basketball coach who played on one of the teams featured in the 1994 documentary “Hoop Dreams.” Shawn Harrington was shot twice while shielding his daughter after gunmen opened fire on their car at a traffic stop in 2014. Authorities say the attackers mistook the car for another. On Friday, a jury convicted Cedryk Davis and Deandre Thompson in the attack, which left Harrington paralyzed from the waist down.

Calif. flood sweeps away cabins: More than 20 people escaped injury when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains. The dramatic scene about 115 miles northwest of Los Angeles came during a day of pounding rain in Southern California that caused flooding, rock slides and an avalanche warning.

— From news services