Teen pleads guilty to firing shots in Columbus Scioto 


COLUMBUS -- A student who fired shots at Columbus Scioto this past September pleaded guilty Tuesday.

According to court documents, Adan Abdullahi was charged with four felonies, but pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm at or into a habitation or a school safety zone with a three-year firearm specification.

The case was continued six times since September, and Abdullahi was found competent to stand trial at the beginning of June.

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Abdullahi will be sentenced Aug. 10.

Police responded to the school on South High Street in south Columbus around 8:30 a.m.Sept. 8, 2017 on the report of a student firing shots in the building.

Authorities identified the suspect as 18-year-old Adan Abdullahi.

"I heard the gunshots," said Ian Addis, a 9th grader at the school. "We all had to just go hide near the lockers."

District spokesperson Scott Varner said the school was placed on lockdown as crews responded to the area.

School officials told police the student fired multiple shots inside the school.

"It drops your heart," said Jessica Chavis, whose twin nephews attend Scioto. "I live on the west side and I came all the way out here."

Officers were able to take the suspect into custody just before 9 a.m. Police said a gun was recovered and no injuries were reported.

A law enforcement source close to the investigation said the incident stemmed from a gang-related conflict.

The school is home to about 100 students grades 6-12 who are dealing with social, emotional, or behavioral issues. Most of the staff are intervention specialists - trained to use behavior modification techniques to promote positive behavior changes.

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