February 27th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

Student shot at Ohio high school dies, police say

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[Updated at 4:04 p.m. ET] Chardon Police Chief Timothy McKenna said in a press conference today that two of the victims in Monday's shootings were in critical condition, one was in serious condition and one was in stable condition.

[Updated at 2:58 p.m. ET] Danny Komertz, a student at Chardon High School said that he saw shooter T.J. lane point a gun directly at a group of students before shooting them.

"I looked straight ahead and I saw a gun pointing at a group of four guys sitting at a table and he was able two feet away from them," Komertz said. "He just fired two quick shots at them. I saw one student fall. I saw the other hiding, trying to get cover underneath the table."

Komertz said that he felt that by his demeanor, the shooter was targeting that group.

"It was clearly to me that he was aiming right at them," Komertz told CNN. "He wasn't shooting around the cafeteria at all. He was directly aiming at the four of them."

Komertz said he then ran out the door with his friends. While he was trying to escape he said he heard another two shots fired from behind him.

"I just can't believe it. I don't think it's real," said student Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting. "And I just, it kills me that I saw someone hiding, and now that someone is now dead."

[Updated at 2:13 p.m. ET] A fatally wounded student was identified by the hospital that treated him as Daniel Parmertor.

"We are shocked by this senseless tragedy," Parmertor's family said in a statement released by MetroHealth Medical Center. "Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

[Updated 1:19 p.m. ET] A student who hid in a classroom at Chardon High School said that T.J. Lane, the suspect in Monday's shooting, "was a nice guy" who he never suspected would shoot anyone.

“He just came from a really broken down home and he was living with his grandparents," Evan Erasmus, a senior at the school told CNN.  "He was more of a quiet type of kid. He was really nice, though, if you did talk to him.”

Erasmus said that Lane and some of the victims "used to be friends" but more in middle school and early high school.

“He was one of the nicest kids there…," Erasmus said. "It was really shocking that it was him.”

Erasmus told CNN that he believed T.J. Lane was either a sophomore or junior at the school.

He said that Lane was sitting about a table away from some of the victims.

Erasmus said he heard the victims "were all sitting there and then he just stood up and that’s when it all started."

Meanwhile, he and the other students in a nearby classroom, "turned the lights off and we headed into a corner" after the shooting.

[Updated 12:52 p.m. ET] Witnesses and one of the shooting victims have identified the gunman as T.J. Lane, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland.

[Updated 12:04 p.m. ET] Police say one student has died from the shootings at Chardon High School this morning. Five students were shot in total, officials said.

[Updated 11:58 a.m. ET] A parent of children who attend Chardon High School says the gunman in today's shooting had specific targets and was not shooting randomly, according to a report from CNN affiliate WJW-TV.

[Updated 11:43 a.m. ET] The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it has been given one handgun from the Ohio high school shooting scene to do an emergency trace.

The Geauga County sheriff's office is executing searches in the case with the assistance of ATF agents, a law enforcement official said.

[Updated 11:13 a.m. ET] Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland says a K-9 unit tracked the shooting suspect, who was apprehended "some distance from the school," according to a report on CNN affiliate WJW-TV.

[Updated 10:54 a.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting of five students at Chardon High School turned himself in to bystanders in Chardon Township, a law enforcement official told CNN affiliate WKYC-TV.

[Updated 10:43 a.m. ET] A student at Chardon High School, Evan Erasmus, told CNN affiliate WEWS-TV that the suspect in Monday's shootings may have posted a threatening message Sunday night on the social networking service Twitter.

"I think he said that he was going to bring a gun to school and I think that everyone just blew it off like he was joking," Erasmus said.

[Updated 10:34 a.m. ET] Law enforcement officials say they received reports that a teacher chased the shooter at Chardon High School out of the building.

[Updated 10:31 a.m. ET] There are five victims of the shooting at a Chardon High School in surburban Cleveland, law enforcement officials said.

[Updated 10:05 a.m. ET] Those wounded at Chardon High School in Ohio are students at another school in nearby Auburn, said Evan Erasmus, a student at Chardon. They had been waiting in the Chardon cafeteria for a bus to Auburn when they were shot, Erasmus said.

[Updated 9:53 a.m. ET] Four students were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the cafeteria of a suburban Cleveland high school just as the school day was beginning Monday, law enforcement officials said.

The suspected Chardon High School shooter - believed to be a student, according to a school official - was in custody, FBI Special Agent Scott Wilson told reporters.

Wilson declined to say how badly the injured students had been hurt.

"We just hope that they're OK," he said.

School administrators locked down schools in the city of Chardon, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. and assured parents that all remaining students were safe.

Still, parents eager to retrieve their children hurried to school buildings, forming long lines as school officials checked identifications before releasing students. At one point, black-clad SWAT team members walked by parents waiting outside the middle school, enhancing what was a surreal scene for many.

"This stuff doesn't happen here at Chardon. Everybody's a little upset," said one parent who was preparing to pick up his daughter, a 10th-grader who had been evacuated to Maple Elementary School.

Despite initial reports that two people were involved, it appeared only one person was responsible for the shooting, Superintendent Joseph Bergant said.

"My understanding is there was one gunman," he said. Bergant said he believed the suspect is a student.

The shooting occurred around 7:40 a.m. just as school was getting started for the day, school board member Larry Reiter said. It happened inside the cafeteria, which is near the entrance to the school, he said.

It was unclear how the suspect was taken into custody.

School officials locked the high school down following the shooting.

One parent told CNN affilaite WKYC that her daughter had texted from a closet to tell her that there had been a shooting at the school, but that she was okay.

Chardon is a small city of about 5,100 people 30 miles east of Cleveland. About 1,150 students attend the high school, which is next to Chardon Middle School and across the street from Maple Elementary School.

[Updated 9:48 a.m. ET] A youth suspected in the shooting at an Ohio high school fled the building but was caught nearby, according to a Plain Dealer report on Cleveland.com.

Three boys and a girl were injured in the shooting which happened in the Chardon High School cafeteria before classes started, the Plain Dealer report said.

"Parent Jeannette Roth, who had heard from her son Joshua, a junior, said he told her the shooting happened while students were eating breakfast in the cafeteria and waiting for first period.  Suddenly a boy 'stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos,'" the Plain Dealer report read.

[Updated 9:27 a.m. ET] Four students were wounded in the school shooting Monday morning at the high school in Chardon, Ohio, officials said. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

[Updated 9:21 a.m. ET] At least three students were injured when an armed individual entered the cafeteria of a high school near Cleveland and opened fire just as the school day was beginning Monday, police and the school superintendent said.

School officials said they did not know how badly the injured students had been wounded, but some had been taken by helicopter to the hospital.

Police took a suspect into custody, locked the high school down and assured parents that all remaining students were safe.

Despite initial reports that two people were involved, it appeared only one person was responsible for the shooting, Superintendent Joseph Bergant said.

"My understanding is there was one gunman," he said. Bergant said he believed the suspect is a student.

School officials said the rest of the high school's students were being evacuated to a nearby elementary school.

Parents gathered outside the school administration building, hoping for information about the incident and how to retrieve their children.

"My daughter is at the school and she's texting me saying they're in a closet right now and they're OK," a parent speaking to CNN affiliate WKYC said.

Chardon is a small city of about 5,100 people 30 miles east of Cleveland. About 1,150 students attend the high school, which is next to Chardon Middle School and across the street from Maple Elementary School.

[Updated 9:06 a.m. ET] The superintendent of Chardon schools said Monday he believes there was only one gunman involved in the shooting at Chardon High School.

[Updated 9:01 a.m. ET] A person who fired shots at a high school near Cleveland on Monday morning is in custody, a school official said.

[Updated 8:55 a.m. ET] At least three students were wounded when two people entered the cafeteria of a high school near Cleveland, Ohio, and opened fire just as the school day was beginning, police and a school board member said.

The shooting happened at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Lt. John Hiscox of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office said.

Three or four students were hit by the gunfire, said Larry Reiter of the Chardon Schools Board of Education. He did not know their conditions, but said helicopters had been called to take the injured to a hospital.

Chardon is a small city of about 5,100 people 30 miles east of Cleveland. About 1,150 students attend the high school, which is next to Chardon Middle School and across the street from Maple Elementary School.

[Updated 8:43 a.m. ET] Two shooters entered Chardon High School and and shot three or four students in the cafeteria, school board member Larry Reiter told CNN. He did not know their condition.

[Posted 8:38 a.m. ET] A shooting has occurred at Chardon High School near Cleveland, Ohio, Lt. John Hiscox of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

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  1. Luke


    February 27, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • steve

      first moron..

      February 27, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike


      February 27, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • atheist

      this wouldn't have happened if they were atheists

      February 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Real or staged anti-terror drill?

    February 27, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • e

      Real. I'm from there.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. i_know_everything


    February 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • i_know_everything


      February 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      third you mean

      February 27, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Oh no, the Brady Campaign paid some kid to go on a shooting rampage in class since they're losing ground with H.R. 822.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Slowgun

      Nice Mike...classic right wing nut job response.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Just the other day, the Brady Campaign attempted to say that firearm owners are MORE likely to be injured or killed in a home burglary lol. Obviously I was joking, but they are indeed losing MASSIVE ground. Not to mention gun ownership and purchase is at an all time high, while crime is in a big decline. I can't wait for H.R. 822

      February 27, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick-o

      Oh no, the idiots have leaned to express their schizophreniic thoughts on the blogoshere

      February 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Zach Hubbard

      Everybody notice that where this took place is a "Gun Free Zone". Virginia Tech is a "Gun Free Zone". "Gun Free Zone" are a mad gunmans paradise. The Solution to this is to start arming teachers, I bet students would think twice if teachers were packing. You never hear of a gunman opening fire at a NRA event. And notice that criminals dont follow the laws, so making more gun laws or banning firearms on property does not fix the problem. Neither will a gun ban, The only people who will turn there guns in are law abiding citizens, the criminals will keep there guns.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. psicaptain

    I got a smile
    For everyone I meet.
    Long as you don't try dragging my bay,
    Or dropping a bomb on my street.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chibidw

    Tin soldiers and Nixon's comin'....

    Four dead in Ohio...

    February 27, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Z

      That's... that's not quite how it works. :-(

      February 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. The Second protects the rest

    Mass shootings generally happen in gun-free zones.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fair Taxes

      How is that possible if the zone is "gun free." Do the bullets magically appear from an alternative universe?

      February 27, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Wingsfan

      Because students should be armed? Schools often have an officer on duty now I don't think they surrender their firearm when they walk on campus...

      February 27, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • The Second protects the rest

      Uh, the ad guys bring the guns... and the bullets.

      Genius. Now, please return to your PhD study. Sorry to bother you.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • The Second protects the rest

      Notice: There are rarely mass shootings at a shooting range or a gun store.
      The folks have guns and shoot back. Fast.

      The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.

      Arm willing teachers. Train, protect, and fight back. Why sit there like victims-in-waiting everyday?
      Enough already.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • den

      I'm confused. Are the kids that just shot 3 other kids "Good kids" but with "bad" guns. Also are the parents "Good" who provided the guns. Maybe ask them how "Good" they feel today for having guns in their house. I'm sure everyone is feeling good today.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd

      Den, I am confused too. Did you see a report saying he got the gun from his home? I haven't seen any such thing. It's possible. It's also possible he got it from a friend, or purchased it from a drug dealer. Maybe in a nearby big city with a high crime rate and a ban on guns. We don't know. What we do know is that it was illegal for him to have the gun, and illegal for him to have used the gun the way he did. I am confused how other people's legal access to guns factors into his illegal posession and use of that gun.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hannah from FL

    Disgusting. These immature children try to get "fame" by destroying lives, a sense of security, and families alike. It's a shame that they go to these extremes. As a parent, it makes me very uneasy to know that children of such mentality have access to firearms...

    February 27, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ron paul 2012

      youre a good little slave. they love you.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Keep living in your dream world Hannah, it will all go away eventually. Right?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hayley

      But that's just it. We now live in a society of extremes. Kids are bullied or upset about whatever and so they do what they think will send a message. Parents are also to blame, not the presence of guns. I am not a gun supporter by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't think eliminating them will necessarily fix the problem. If a kid wants to get a gun or any kind of murder weapon, they will...Let's please just remember the mother and father who have lost their baby today.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roger

    Guns in America.

    Stupidity at its best.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ron paul 2012

      if youre gonna bash the 2nd, just go crawl under a table and shake till the govt comes to save you

      February 27, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Of course ron, how could America be so stupid. The solution to gun violence is obviously more guns.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • fire chick

      It is not the guns it is the people who get ahold of them i mean come on a gun cant pull the triger. A gun is just as deadly as a knife trust me i know i work in a jail guns are nt the problem it is the people who dont know how to handle them or are insane and go on a killing spree

      February 27, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Buk Lau

      A gun is an inanimate object. How could it be stupid?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Isdat Afamas

      Blaming an inanimate object for the actions of a human.

      Stupidity at its best.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fair Taxes

    This never would have happened if every student carried their own AK-47 like they do in Afghanistan.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • palmettogirl

      Yes Fair Taxes...That's what we all strive for..a society like Afghanistans...so why don't you go there and study it for us for about..oh maybe 60 years or so then get back with us?????

      February 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. matt

    Whenever there are 3+ students shot or killed in a school it makes national news. Metal detectors do prevent violence at some schools. We'll learn later today that the two kids were into metal or punk. Then their favorite bands and idols will be to blame. This one way to stop bullying.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • TriXen

      Yep! Let the blame game begin!

      February 27, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Seems to me that rap and country are more about guns than metal or punk.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MALAKA

      Don't blame certain genres of music you simpleton.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Well, actually, there was only ONE gunman. It has absolutely nothing to do with music. It has absolutely nothing to gun control. It's NOT like this boy didn't know that he WASN'T supposed to take this gun to school and shoot people. He's not 4! He knew better. No one is at fault but him. I don't want t hear about being bullied. The school doesn't have any reports of him being bullied. Seems everyone is trying to come up with reasons to blame EVERYONE and EVERYTHING besides this boy. SMFH!! Seems to me they put the meta detectors in the wrong schools as suburban schools are getting shot up a hell of a lot more than the inner city schools. Just an observation..

      February 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dls

    really? Kids are hurt, possibly critically and you use it to talk politics?! No class.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Fair Taxes

    A study by the University of Pennsylvania of police records concluded that people carrying guns are 4 times more likely to be shot or killed that those that do not carry guns.

    Now we'll hear about "well if I had a gun, yada, yada, yada."

    February 27, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • jamest

      b.s study

      February 27, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Buk Lau

      And how many of those people were felons who had illegal guns in the first place? Most of the "gun violence" in the United States is between criminals in gang violence. Most of the people killed by "gun violence" are felons.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • loliwinyoulose

      Pennsylvania police study was conducted on drug dealing criminals. So it is a truely bogus study for law abiding populace... You're lying nature is showing. Might wanna cover up buddy.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd

      Can you provide some sort of information about that study so I can go read up on it? Of course not, because you are making it up. Years back a study was published that made the claim you are making, that a gun owner is more likely to be killed, or to kill a family member, friend, or aquintence, than to defend himself with a firearm. And gun control advocates have tried to cite that study ever since. However, they have to conceal which study they are referncing, because the actual study had some flaws. It was conducted using the county in the US with the highest crime rate for that year. An incident was only counted as a successful self defence if it happened in the home, and the criminal was pronounced dead in the home where were the incident occured, and the person killed was not a family member, friend or aquaintence. If someone who lived in a home where a gun was kept comitted suicide by any means, that was counted a firearm death, even if the firearm was not involved and the suicide did not happen in the home. Also, providing a significant distortion to the results, was the inclusion of aquaintences with family members and friends, as almost all violence happens between people who know one another, and are thus, "aquaintences". The study was set up with so much bias that the initial result was something like 40 times more likely, but, that claim is so obviously false that it is restated as a much lower number.

      Try some actual facts. You don't have to kill an attacked and have them die instantly in your home in order to use a gun for self defense. The actual number of defensive uses per year is impossible to determine, but the best attempts to find out how many times guns are used to prevent crime in the US come up with totals between two and three and half million per year.

      Why don't you gun control supporters come out and try to advance your cause sometime other than when there is a school shooting in the news? Oh, because support for your cause died out a decade ago.

      February 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      Take Plaxico Burress for example.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Grey

      Is that people carrying guns legally or illegally, and did the study factor in people who carry guns for occupational reasons, such as police officers and security guards?

      February 28, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jmbo

    If students are coming to school shooting up the students, the teachers must be doing something wrong!!! I would give them an F on their evaluation.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • fire chick

      I ca tell your not a teacher or ever worked in a school i mean come on you must not even have kids you cant tell what they are going to do every min of the day a normal kid can fly off the handle at a min notice. What do you think the teachers did give them the gun i mean come on they have over packed class rooms that they will protect with there life's

      February 27, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Stace

    As a parent of school going children, my greatest fear is that when I wave goodbye to my children on the bus that I will not see them again. A child died at school a few weeks ago in VA because she didn't get the necessary medical care on time. She left for school that morning healthy and happy. These children who were shot today, who knows how they left home... they're teens... did they leave happily, or were there grumpy words with their parents this morning? Everyone's lives are forever changed in the community. I don't know who was shot or why they were shot, but no one deserves to be hurt in this manner. My thoughts are with all the families affected.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinking7

      Home education is the way to go.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Remember everyone, guns are fun, and must be used as often as possible!

      February 27, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Apologies, I did not mean to reply to your comment.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Gibby

      Your words are so true...I have 3 children and our mornings are always so hectic because everyone is rushing around. Most of the times someone is arguing with someone. I live in this area where this shooting happened. Wonderful reputation...just shows it happens everywhere. I will from this day forward remember to give a bigger kiss and an extra hug before they leave our house.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      @Eta: How many 21 year olds are in high school in Arizona?

      February 27, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
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