The two suspects are brothers who also are 15 and 17. The accused shooter was charged with two counts of felonious assault, and he was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center. The other brother was charged with falsification and resisting arrest. He was released to his father, police said.
During the incident, there was a lockdown at Rosa Parks Elementary School, and police increased on Friday their presence at the high school and middle school.
A few hours after the shooting, Middletown Schools announced that the game against Colerain High School that originally to be played at Barnitz Stadium has been moved to the Colerain High School football stadium. The decision came at the recommendation of Middletown Police Chief David Birk.
The game was moved in part because police were still searching for another suspect and a weapon, and the incident happened near Barnitz Stadium, officials said
“This decision comes after multiple recent incidents in our neighborhoods. While decisions like these are never fun or easy, it is our duty to ensure the safety of our students, spectators and visitors,” the district’s post on social media says.
On Tuesday, a school bus transporting several Middletown Preparatory and Fitness Academy students had its back window shot by a BB or pellet gun. There were no injuries.
Anyone who knows something about any of the incidents is asked to call Middletown police dispatch at 513-425-7700.