February 27th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

Student shot at Ohio high school dies, police say

More on this story from CNN affiliates WOIO-TV, WEWS-TV, WJW-TV and WKYC-TV.

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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. vittoriokiss

    When a kid is bullied, they are pushed to where they kill themselves or kill the aggressors.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ryder

      This is accurate. They are even singled out and punished by school staff because this is an easier policy than punishing bullies. No school ever punishes bullies. Usually the parents are well off and defend themselves aggressively.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Reasonable1

    Another victory for 2nd Amendment. Guns don't kill, kids with guns do. So, we should ban kids from schools but not guns. After all guns are protected by the 2nd Amendment whereas kids are not..

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Tsimbi

      "Idiotic Statement of the Day Award"

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

      This incident is precisely why we need the 2nd Amendment. It states that our right to keep and bear arms "shall not be infringed." Schools are designated "gun-free" zones, meaning that the rights of the adults at the school were infringed. If a teacher had been legally armed this morning, they might have stopped the criminal before he could injure any more students. The crime might have not happened in the first place since there would be a possibility of armed adults on campus. Schools are safe havens for mass-murderers since they know they're the only ones with weapons.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • The REAL Truth...

      buk – This is precisely WHY guns should NOT be allowed in schools at all.. The 2nd amendment part deux – which is purposely and conveniently omitted in all pro-gun verbiage – states "in a well regulated militia". The complete sentence allowed for local folk – 200 yrs ago BTW – to be armed and defend themselves against potential invasion, and keep such weapons as part of that. Part 1 of the sentence is all that is used these days.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Buk Lau

      @The REAL Truth, here is the complete text:

      "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

      It does not say that the right to keep and bear arms only applies to a militia. It simply says that a militia is necessary to the security of a free State. The militia is any person with arms who would fight for the freedom of the State. In a sense, every citizen is part of the militia, hence why is says "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

      February 27, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. angelika

    why is there not more security installed at all local high schools and upper schools? Why are we not implementing electronic devices that check for such things?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • The REAL Truth...

      they got cut from the last round of budget talks.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Think4Yourself

    no, but you are

    February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. augrad4ua

    Why are they eating breakfast instead of in class at this time of the school day? No wonder the school systems across America are broke. Free food, transportation, books, ipads, computers, etc......

    February 27, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      I guess I missed the part about free food. My kids go to a HS near there and food in the cafeteria before school costs money.. But, I'm sure that free food is the cause of the poor conditions in many schools around the country (sarcasm alert).

      February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • kay

      it was 7:40am. how early do you want them to start? they were just about to start first period.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • kay

      and so what if they get a free breakfast? kids need to have something in their stomachs to perform well in school. would you rather they go hungry?

      what does any of your statement have to do with this tragedy?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. oneSTARman

    Tin Soldiers like Assad Bombing, We're finally on our OWN this winter I heard the Drumming "Four Shot in OHIO"

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. jamest

    Lars

    sounds like a name from a country where firearms are illegal.

    Thats a shame or if you are here in america, leave and find a safe place for your little self.

    I do not contract any longer due to an aortic anuerysm all mechanical prosthetics implanted leaking and recalled. It never stopped me from my duties and i was forced into disability in 04. What have you done for your country that you can prove??? Nothing other than the fat kid who couldnt get up the gym rope.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ryder

      Don't pick on the fat kid. The fat kid has invented a lot of stuff in this country while you were spending your time climbing ropes he was spending his time thinking and wrestling over new ideas. Would you prefer a world without all the new ideas and creations but no fat kids?

      I'm not sure England would still even be a country if Winston Churchill wasn't the leader at the time.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • The REAL Truth...

      Actually the Fat Kid invented that weapon you had slung over your should while you climbed that rope. We need both kinds of people in this country BTW.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jones

    They KILLED the stock market... How does it work?

    If people make mistake at work. Stock market drops.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pete

    I blame everybody and everything! Blame, blame, blame. Except the shooter, he or she is not to blame. But everybody and everything else is.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hobbes

    Give us us us FREEEEEEE!!! Give us us FREEEEE!!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah Right

      This is why you should say No to drugs.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Marcus

    This is often the result of bullying. The cycle of bullying must begin to end or we will continue to see these type of Headlines.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • teresa, ohio

      100% agree

      February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Marcus if you actually read the article they were students from another school waiting for a bus.... explain to me how bullying occurs when they just happen to be there. get a life.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Bucky

      They've had bullying in schools since day one, dopey. The only difference is, today there are more guns.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      @Steve Just because this happened today doesn't mean that it wasn't a result of past bullying. BTW, I didn't read the article but how many times have we seen these type headlines involving some type of bullying?

      How many times have "Happy" kids went to school to partake in a shooting spree killing everyone in sight??

      February 27, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Those of you complaining about "bullying".........isn't the kid with the gun the bully here?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Viv

    More guns should be freely available and our gun laws should forever be like it existed in the 17th century.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah Right

      I agree... and I'm being sarcastic too. Interesting though at Sanctorum's speech in Arizona, he had high security and no one was allowed to have guns anywhere near the area. Apparently the 2nd Amendment means nothing to him except to get votes.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DeadOn

      You nailed it on the head. We should have the right to have as many guns as we wish. No limait on the type either. Assault, semi, etc.. and walk freely and brandish our guns as we wish! Got to love the gun lobby... Charlton Heston would be proud on a day like today.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Bucky

      Yes, because we're living in the 17th century. You're brilliant!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeepers

    Well done there to whatever irresponsible adult gun owner was responsible for that gun. But hey, he or she's got just as much right to own one as anyone else.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. jb

    hey gun nuts....instead of giving all the kids guns, why not make them all wear suicide vest? or how about brain implants that make them all fall to the ground and skat their pants to controll their behavior? your god given right to bear arms has resulted in a flooded home land full of metal and explosive projectiles soon to be invading the flesh of YOUR CHILD! this is NOT what the founding fathers had in mine when they created this country.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • bfpierce

      I'm pretty sure the founding fathers also did not have in mind people using hyperbole to impress their views on others in mass media, but hey keep at it.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah Right

      jb – you are not making the best case here... but I agree with you that the Founding Father's did not have this in mind. Especially when our country has been hi-jacked but a few wealthy elite and we the people are doing nothing about it accepted killing yourselves.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mugwump

    It's very hard to watch these videos with these female journalists whose voices are like fingernails on a blackboard. These nasal voices started coming into vogue in the 80's. Poppy Harlow is another one I can't stand to listen to. Whatever happened to the well-modulated voice that comes from the diaphragm?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • teresa, ohio

      so there is an article on a skool shooting and you choose to comment on nasaly FEMALE reporters? you can do better than that.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Yeah Right

      Theresa – Good point

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