Student in custody following NCHS shooting

By Beau Ebenezer

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Normal Community High School was put on lock down today after a 14-year-old male student fired shots into a ceiling.

No one was injured thanks to the quick thinking of a teacher.

For many at Normal Community High School, it stared off like a typical Friday morning.

"It was kind of hard to believe. It's Bloomington-Normal, a kind of a small town. "

At around 8:00 a.m terror struck.

"I just saw a lot of people running down the hallway," said NCHS student Don Chen. "They were screaming and another teacher just ran into the classroom and said there's a gun. Someone's got a gun."

"The shooter just got a bench and sat down and then he had his back pack and he pulled out a gun," said student Walker Simmons. "He cocked it, and said, 'now let me teach this class' and then people tried to stop him and calm him down and then just started threatening people and fired some shots in the air."

Simmons says health teacher Derrick Schonauer grabbed the 14-year-old gunman and held him until police could arrive.

"He side-stepped him and tripped him and he got the gun away, and somebody picked the gun up and ran out the room but Mr. Schonauer was just tackling him and holding him down," said Walker.

Police say that the suspect was wielding a hand gun and did not have any specific target. Parents received notification by phone to pick up their students, leaving many racing to reach their children.

"You wanna hear from your kids saying 'yeah I'm here'," said NCHS parent Don Maybell. "So at one point I was hearing from one daughter but I wasn't hearing from the other."

No one was injured in the shooting and students were evacuated to Eastview Christian Church where they were picked up by their parents or sent home by bus.

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