Top stories of 2017: The West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

  • Keisha Rowe
  • Staff Writer
10:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 Crime
Parents waited at Lions Park in West Liberty to pick up the children after a shooting at West Liberty-Salem Schools in Champaign County. Marshall Gorby/Staff

Here’s a look at one of our top stories of 2017.

The town of West Liberty was rocked in January when a school shooting disrupted the normally-calm atmosphere of the community.

On Jan. 20, Ely Serna, then 17, allegedly opened fire in a restroom and in the hallways at West Liberty-Salem High School. The shooting left two injured, including student Logan Cole, who ended up with over 100 shotgun pellets lodged in his body after being shot twice in the chest.

Students from the school called 911 and either fled the building or barricaded themselves inside classrooms during the shooting. Two school administrators are credited with stopping Serna and were honored for their efforts.

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In the months since the incident, Serna has been indicted on 13 charges, including attempted murder, and will be tried as an adult. A judge ruled he was competent to stand trial in October, but ordered that he remain at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus, where he was sent because he posed a “substantial risk of physical harm to himself and others,” according to court documents.

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