Family asks for prayers for Champaign County school shooting victim, suspect

Logan Cole (WDTN photo)

WEST LIBERTY, OH(AP/WCMH) — The family of a student injured in an Ohio school shooting is asking for prayers for him and the shooter.

Sixteen-year-old Logan Cole’s family says in a statement released by a Columbus hospital where he’s being treated it thanks friends, relatives and the community for their support.

The statement encourages prayer for the shooter and his family. It says Cole’s family is certain the shooter’s family also has been deeply hurt.

The Cole family thanks God for protecting their son and say they’re confident God has a purpose and plan through the tragedy.

Cole’s father Ryan wrote on Facebook that Logan was moved out of the ICU Saturday night.

Authorities say Cole was shot more than once with a shotgun wielded by a 17-year-old student at West Liberty High School on Friday morning. Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi says a 17-year-old student is in custody and charged with felonious assault.

School will be back in session Tuesday, according to the school’s website. 

A restaurant in Bellefontaine is raising money for Cole’s family, as well.


Authorities say staff at the school overpowered the armed student and prevented what could have been a far worse situation.

Champaign County Sheriff Michael Melvin says more people would have been wounded at the West Liberty school building on Friday morning without the intervention because the shooter’s intent was to harm more people. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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