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. mitchncincy

    Not enough information yet to make an intelligent comment other than to say it never ceases to amaze me how some of you folks will try to exploit a tragedy like this to push your agenda and start throwing blame around before you have all the facts.

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

    The disintegration of American society continues. Sad, but not surprising. Seeing what kids are exposed to by the media, movies, some types of music, video games and other sources, how could anyone really expect anything else?

    What's even more amazing is that it's not a lot worse – but just give it a little more time...

    February 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. house

    didn't that doomsday prepper shoot his thumb off trying to show his kids how to prepare for the end of the world. god bless national geographic

    February 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. stujordan

    People are shocked this happened? I'm only shocked it doesn't happen more. If you gave guns to all the kids...this country would certainly look different.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ravioli

      You make it sound like guns are sold on the toy aile at your local toy store.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ernie

    Emergency meeting at NRA ! (agenda: business at danger !). Damage control: Double contributions to GOP ...

    February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. john

    This is what happens when mental health care is cut, and "zero tolerance" is the policy rather than trying to identify and root out the cause of these problems, diffusing them rather than "cracking Down" which clearly doesn't work. Under 8 years of Republican rule mental health care lost enormous resources and funding and we are paying the price. Cracking down on gun ownership in this country would also have a positive effect. Never hear of this kind of garbage happening in Canada.

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

      you are absolutely right with the zero tolerance and the mental health issues. on gun control im not so sure

      February 27, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. ghetto FabUloz

    mE AND MY HOMEBOYS ARE ALWAYS STRAPPED SHAWTY

    February 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Common sense over fear.

    @Patrick
    That’s because the blacks kids involved in shootings don’t bother going to school. Read some crime statistics.

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

      Yep, stats never lie.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • pointless1

      Site some yourself to prove your case, instead of looking like high school educated tool?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guy

      I don't commit crimes. I wonder what some of these hypocritie, morally relative whites keep getting this. Other black INDIVIDUALS have committed crimes. I haven't. This white INDIVIDUAL murdered another in cold blood.

      Some people need to look the phrase "individual responsibility" before they spew forth typical racist filth...

      February 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      Yeah your right that's why we have a Black President right?
      YOU FAIL.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real direct

      Than why is it that whites lead the nation at being on welfare.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice for the young people

      Look it is not only just us black people, everyone from different cultures. Blaming one race won't solve a problem. I hate the fact people like you judge each other cause one person decides to do something stupid and murderous. For once people, stop looking at one thing and actually look at reality because lots of people deal with this problem everyday...

      February 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hexum

    Wow! This is HORRIBLE!! I was just talking about how schools could use this new communications system CivilDispatch.com to notify parents when stuff like this happens. And NO I am not affiliated with the company, I am just saying. I give the U.S. till the end of the year. Scary stuff.

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

    Yea dawg keep it real!!! All uf those asians a-rabs and indians work 2 damn h4rd. G33ks 4 real!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bongo Charm

    How cool that with kids dieing in Ohio CNN makes us sit through a car commercial to hear the story.

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

    Our society is so messed up. We, young and old, don't seem to care about anyone but ourselves. We're becoming so iisolated and self-centered. Prayers are with these kids, their families, the school and that community. So sad. God bless them all.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. fofa

    Why do men insist on resolving their conflicts with violence?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • beckyc444

      Girls are just as violent. I heard on the news this morning that a 12 year old and an 11 year old girl got into a physical altercation over a boy and the 11 year old girl is now dead. Anyone can become violent if pushed to that point.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • fofa

      Girls are just as violent? Really? By one example you give? Columbine? Virginia Tech? Texas? How many child molesters who kill children are women? How many robbers? Rapists? How many women just ramdomly walk up anywhere and start shooting at people ? Proportionately speaking, very freaking few!

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

      To MARKINFL...you've proven my point.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Because they are programmed that way. Programming comes in many forms, movies, television, games, and books. Boys who are not mature enough yet to define the difference between reality and fiction are bombarded with these visual and oral stimulus and act out their actions in the way they have been programmed. With the ease of finding and owning a gun, the lack of supervision and the desire of being important all play major roles in the immature mans minds.

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

      Ummm, can you say "satirical"? Don't be so emotional! Just like a girl!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Place is loaded with bigots.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • beckyc444

      Just because those people did it on a mass scale does not mean that girls are less violent. Suicide is the highest cause of death among teenagers and I can guarantee that a lot of them have to do with verbal bullying from teenage girls. These shootings that happen, count for less than 5% of teen death in the country. Just because a girl doesn’t bring in a gun doesn’t mean she is any less violent when it comes to her classmates.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Umm, how many men just walk up and start shooting people? I mean proportionally speaking.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jcool

      Look up Brenda Ann Spencer and stop making stereotypes that women don't do this too.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • GOPDisillusioned

      fofa, I believe MarkinFL was probably joking.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jones

    Was the shooter African American?

    Yeap. Blacks will do every thing to protect themselves against racism.

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

      i want to see the look on your face when they say the kid is white like the the 100 other school shootings

      February 27, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jake

    Exactly!!! And our secon ammendment right to keep and bear arms take effect when you reach the age of eighteen!! These are kids. Self respect permiates every aspect of our lifes. If we teach our children to respect themselves and each other instead of always just trying to survive maybe we will see a change.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • crazyvermont

      our society has lost respect for life from the oldest to the youngest......what do you expect?

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