Exclusive: About 20 people identified Madison shooter

Exclusive: About 20 people identified Madison shooter

Approximately 20 witnesses identified James Austin Hancock as the gunman in Monday’s shooting at Madison Jr./Sr. High School that injured four students, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Ryan Hensley of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The affidavit was part of paperwork submitted to Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall in order to obtain a search warrant for Hancock’s home in the 6600 block of Browns Run Road. The Journal-News is the first news outlet to obtain a copy of the affidavit and search warrant.

The affidavit states that James Hancock, the teen’s father, verbally consented to the search of their home. The two-story, single-family home, any land or structures attached to the home and any people or vehicles present were searched at 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

Investigators searched and seized any and all items relating to or leading up to the shooting at Madison High School, the application and affidavit for search warrant reads. Those items could include guns, ammunition, gun boxes, computers, tablets, phones, any electronic devices capable of storing any social networking sites, media cards, letters, journals, diaries, any articulable thoughts leading up to the shooting whether in print or digital form, safe or lock box.

Items actually taken from the home included:

  • 4 BB containers various vendors
  • 1 red notebook
  • 3 pocket knives
  • 1 Apple smartphone with orange-blue cover
  • 1 computer tablet with black case
  • 1 BB gun with magazine
  • 2 black BB magazines
  • 1 S/W knife
  • 1 white Emerson stylus
  • 1 black iPad (on floor of master room)
  • 1 silver Mac book pro-Apple (master room)

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