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. Jason

    Hold the parents accountable, if a bar tender serves too much to a person, and they kill someone on the way home, the bar is accountable. Do the same with parents of bullies and killers.

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

      are you ok in the head?

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

      People always want to hold the parents responsible, but the truth is that there are some kids who are just plain bad or outcasts, and nothing can stop them. Maybe the kid was just a loner, so what's a parent supposed to do about that? "Hmm my kid doesn't have many friends, I should call the police before he shoots up the school." That's ridiculous. Assuming the kid was bullied, more responsibility should be placed on the teachers and school administrators who probably watched this kid get bullied and never do a damn thing about it. I luckily grew up in a high school where bullying just plain wasn't tolerated, and there was one teacher specifically who would punish you as harshly as possible if you were caught bullying. It just wasn't put up with. More schools need to take this zero-tolerance approach, for the bullied and the bullies themselves.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Matt

    Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
    We're finally on our own.
    This summer I hear the drumming,
    Four dead in Ohio.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jones

    CORRUPTION!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jake

    That seems like a lot of money for that! Im a dumb kid from michigan.. What if i open the window on the first floor classroom. Dump a soda in the hallway and tell my teacher. she goes out there to check and call the janitor. My homie passes me a 38 in a bandana thru the window and then i ask ta go to the bathroom. put it in a freeser bag and hide it in the back of the tiolet.? pistol every day.! These boys mentality is id rether be caught with it than without it!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. headcheeze

    yea, no need really to ask that question!!!

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

      Headcheese did a black guy STEAL your white woman away from you os something.Take your butt over to STORMFRONT with that crap.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. GODZILLA1

    Ah yes, your 2nd amendment rights on parade!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    Arrest the parents of the shooter. I hope the victims sue the snot out of them.

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

      you're ignorant.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Justin

    That's rather disparaging Jorge, being that there are "ghetto" white kids everywhere you go. Have they commented on the shooter's ethnicity? White kids have access to weapons, like the hand gun daddy doesn't keep locked away all the time. You sir, should delete your comment! Have a nice day : )

    February 27, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Amanda

    I am so disgusted by the comments people are leaving. Finding ways to blame this on anything but the shooter is ridiculous. Regardless of the reason, including bullying – children of this age, at the high school level, know right from wrong! This person should have seeked help. I hope that the parents or person(s) who supplied this child with a firearm are held accountable. I hope that the wounded and their families can make it through this tragedy.

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

      Everyone knows the Second Amendment states “the right to bear a concealed handgun in order to protect the militia.” Once again, blame goes to the gun perverts who lead the NRA, and interpret the second amendment as such, and congress, which goes along them even after one of their own members was shot clean through the head by a lunatic who passed a background check and bought a handgun. Good job America.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. who cares

    what religion was the shooter(s) ???!!!

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

      What difference does that make, they all suck!!!

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

    As long as everyone keeps focusing on the guns instead of on the kids this will keep happening. Take away every gun on the planet and they will use a car bumper, or a can of gasoline, or a knife, or.....

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

      Thank you

      February 27, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinking7

      Exactly.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Point is, John, it doesn't matter if they have a gun. If they want to hurt someone there's plenty of ways to do it... Kids have been stabbed probably more than shot at school...

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

      Wow, poor kids all around. Poor parents. This country is going to hell in a hand basket. I give it till the end of the year before it hits the fan. I keep thinking if the families and schools had (Civil Dispatch) they could have maybe stayed on top of the communications portion of this emergency. Entire thing is just horrible!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.Moderate

      The point is, with a gun you can kill a large number of people in a matter of seconds. A person can't take a bat, knife, car, etc. into a building and accomplish near the same level of devastating violence. I'm certainly not for complete gun removal. I'm a gun owner myself. However this line of argument against gun control is ridiculous.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      @Mr.Moderate: You stated, "The point is, with a gun you can kill a large number of people in a matter of seconds." The same can be done with a car and is much easier to obtain. We should ban cars! Please drop you keys off at the police station and start walking!

      February 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. weez

    No but ya momma is one!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eric

    So, what are we going to blame....Video games...anti-depressants.. let the blame game begin

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

      rappers

      February 27, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Quoting

    Well.....guess nothings gonna change in this country. Wanna be gangsters shooting each other over nothing. Now these stupid ass kids will spend years in jail and Im sure it was worth it.

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

      I'd be really surprised if that actually happens. Some lawywe will convince a jury that these poor tykes are just victims of poor parenting and putting them in jail would scar them emotionally. The poor little babies!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dr Laughlin

    Wow wee

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