NCHS shooter had several weapons, his full intentions are still unknown

By Audrey Williams

NCHS shooter had several weapons, his full intentions are still unknown

September 18, 2012 Updated Sep 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill -- More details are emerging about the September 7 shooting at Normal Community High School, which miraculously left no one injured.

"It was an unfortunate event that had a fortunate ending," said Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner.

Chief Bleichner said a 14-year old allegedly detained a classroom of students and opened fire in a first period health class. Now, officers continue to interview witnesses and piece together the details of that frightful morning.

"They were shots in various locations in the room. Again, the weapon was pointed at individuals throughout the course of this incident, what occurred, but the firearms were not fired in any one person's direction," he said.

When given an opportunity, Health Teacher Derrick Schonauer struggled with the shooter and detained him. Chief Bleichner said during that struggle the firearm was again discharged. Police found several more weapons on the alleged shooter, but Chief Bleichner said the shooter's exact intentions are still unknown.

"There were three handguns that he had brought with him," said Chief Bleichner, "there was also a hatchet, I believe there were two knives, there was a canteen, some matches and some other items."

Police say the three guns allegedly came from the shooter's home. Chief Bleichner said the student's parents have been cooperative in the investigation, but would not comment further on their reaction to the allegations.

McLean County State's Attorney Ron Dozier says the 14-year old juvenile is facing 26 charges. It is unclear still if he will be charged as a juvenile or an adult. Dozier believes he will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before his next October 1 court date.