Ross H.S. placed under lockdown after hearing shots fired

ROSS TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A local school was placed on lockdown after shots were heard being fired behind the building on Friday morning.

Authorities say staff members at Ross High School told officers that bullets had struck nearby buildings. Ross Township Police and Butler County Sheriff's Office came under heavy and continuous fire while searching for the source of the gunfire.

Five men were found at a farm on Herman Road with multiple handguns and assault rifles. The men were told by authorities to drop their weapons and were taken into custody without further incident.

Authorities told the school it was safe to release the lockdown and recovered four handguns, two assault rifles, one rifle and two shotguns with about 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

A preliminary investigation found that the men were target shooting up a hill and didn't check the area behind their targets. Authorities say along with Ross High School, a home and a heavily occupied construction site were all located behind the targets. Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries.

Matthew Ziegler, 29, Michael Ziegler, 27, Dennis Obrien, 30, Brandon Oden, 29 and Derek Stark, 26, have been charged with discharging firearms near prohibited premises and inducing panic. Stark was also charged with having weapons under disability.

All five men were taken to the Butler County Jail. The incident remains under investigation.

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