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Wheeling couple’s grandson escaped shooter’s path unharmed


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Students released from a lockdown embrace following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday.
(Photo byJohn McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

WHEELING, W.Va.  — Carol and Walter Austin watched in horror from their Wheeling home as news of a shooting at Parkland High School in Parkland, Fla., unfolded on the TV screen Wednesday afternoon. Their grandson, Charles Austin, 15, is a freshman at that high school.

Carol said she immediately called her son, Randall, Charles’ father, to learn the fate of their grandson.

“Randy told me he had talked to Charles and that he and a friend ran from school, jumped over a fence and got away,” Carol said, her voice cracking with emotion.

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