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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soundoff (2,226 Responses)
  1. Skyline

    We can start by demanding that TV/cable networks, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, stop showing ads for violent video games and films during televised sporting events, among other things. I'm not talking about not government censorship, I'm talking about corporations exercising responsibility and common sense. That type of imagery should not be a part of mainstream culture, viewable by children (and adults) who become more and more desensitized to violence.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JT

      I disagree, video game commercials....please. Thats a slippery slope not to mention its only the tip of the graphic violence iceberg. The answer is in the parents and guns.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Nonsense. You stay there in 1950 if you like, but the rest of us are doing fine. I don't need you telling me what it's OK to see, read, listen to or think.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ghjk

      another ignorant thinking he can chage the world

      February 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • What?

      There are many studies linking media violence to the aggression of children.
      Violence on tv/games are extremely bad nowdays. I have children and have seen changes in them due to what they watch or play, so we now limit them to certian shows/games. It DOES make a difference.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • That Guy

      Yeah, violent video games really did me in when i was younger...

      THERE IS NO FACTUAL CORRELATION.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • student in the area

      i love how people like you like to blame the media for this kid's reactions and any other violence that happens. I love to play war games, and i love rated "M" games. im not out there committing violent acts. i pay my respects to the families, but im tired of people blaming the media. It is the kids problem not big corporations that advertise new video games.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Skyline

      Obviously not all people who watch violence or play video games will commit murder. I am not suggesting that such games/movies be made illegal. But while the content of media is a reflection of our culture, it also helps shape our culture and our society. I can't let my 3-year-old watch a baseball game on TV, because the game will be interrupted by images not suitable for a small child. Commercials and programs are much, much more violent and realistic than they were 15-20 years ago. Exposure to that over a period of time DOES, I believe, have a negative effect on some individuals and our culture as a whole. Studies DO suggest a link between exposure to violent content and aggression, especially in the case of video games which require active participation.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anonomo

    You've spelt "Updated" wrong on the first two updates.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • moe smith

      spelt... seriously? you ding them for misspellings and you use "spelt"? go break each and every knuckle in all of your fingers and never post on the internet again.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    I don't know what there district policies are about talking to the media, but it seems odd that a school board member would be talking to any members of the media. To avoid confusion, every district should only have one media spokesman, and that should typically be the superintendent or a member of the administrative team.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. KnowsMore123

    this is all because of eminem and rap music

    February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ONE

    Hope the person that owns the gun gets life in prison. They should keep their guns locked up. If the kid has a gun of thier own, then the parents should keep the gun locked up so the kid cannot get to it unless the paerent gives it to them.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jamie

    How immature. This is really no time for your childish jokes. There is at least one person in serious condition in the hospital and you're going to joke about it? You are a disgusting person. Grow up.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RH

    maybe this individual was bullied and just snapped. Its good to see that there are anti bullying campaigns out but are they really doing what they are desisgned to do for our children

    February 27, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ban Guns

    If the manufacture of guns was outlawed, then only outlaws woul have guns...no wait, they wouldn't have them either since the black market is supplied from the same source as legitimate owners.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. willie

    so, what... in new york city, this happens all the time. but i hope the kids are all okay. u never want to see anyone injured.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. sheila

    before people know anything about the shooter, they're already on their soap boxes blaming video games and the second amendment. video games are rated and parents are supposed to monitor what their kids are playing and discuss the difference between fiction and reality with them – don't blame video games blame poor parenting and our stress riddled society that seems to focus more on materialism than helping your friends and neighbors.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Unanymous

    caught wind of his killing beforehand. he actually did it. guy's last name is fabianski.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. The Butcher

    All of the pro-gun people still believe that Obama is going to repeal the 2nd Amendment during his second term. LOL.
    I love guns, but I'm not a nutter right-winged conspiracy theorist who thinks that Obama wants to take my guns away. HAHAHA!

    February 27, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. ML

    Young people are easily influenced and so it is understandable that we would look for a "convenient" reason to blame their occasional insanity. The truth of the matter is...humans are infinitely fallible and with a population of 300,000,000+ we are bound to come across our fair share of unbalanced individuals. Approximately 50,000 people get shot every year in America (intentionally) and 25.000 (unintentionally). Blame it on TV, our obsession with guns or our forefathers who needed guns to put food on the table or fight the British (or each other) but please, please don't blame it on rising gas prices!

    February 27, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Ty

    I don't understand why this is being turned into a racial thing... white, black, orange, yellow whatever. The point is that something is going on with these kids to make them think that bringing a gun to school and shooting people is going to solve their problems.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jones

    Blacks feel there's going to be RACISM HYPE. They fear blacks vs. whites

    February 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
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