CHARDON, Ohio - The Lake County bomb squad is at the Chardon neighborhood where relatives of the alleged high school shooter live. They arrived at 2 p.m. to take potential explosives or ammunition from the scene.
FBI and DEA agents, Geauga County sheriff deputies and police are taking evidence from the Wilder Road home and the neighborhood following the deadly shooting at the high school Monday morning.
Joe Pagonakis with NewsChannel5, our Cleveland affiliate, said that three dozen investigators, including the mobile crime lab and police dogs, are at the home of a relative of the alleged gunman. They are treating the home as a crime scene.
Investigators said that the suspected gunman lived at the Wilder Road home at one time.
Police are serving search warrants and going through surrounding homes. Pagonakis said relatives also lived in neighboring homes. The FBI is working on an excavation in the woods across the street looking for evidence.
Investigators are using a battering ram to break into various properties and storage buildings to look for more evidence, Pagonakis said. Investigators are searching more than a 30-acre area for additional evidence.
Neighbors said that they would hear target shooting going on at home. It is a very rural area.
The news media was asked at 1:30 p.m. to move a quarter mile away from the scene.
This comes after one student died and four were shot when the gunman opened fire at the school just before 8 a.m. The shooter is in custody and is being held at the Geauga County Safety Center.
The Chardon police chief said that a teacher at the high school chased the gunman out of the building after he shot the students.
The shooter then gave himself up to innocent bystanders in Chardon Township, Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland said.