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. more crazy white people

    why is it always white people!?!??!

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

      lol..cmon...you know we all crazy

      February 27, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. John M

    Tragic, Our kids aren't safe at High School, College, at work, or at Home. Pretty Sad.

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

      Yes they are. Kids have a greater chance of dying in a car wreck than from a school shooting. You're living in the headlines, which BTW, don't help this situation.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. GNP

    WAY TOO MANY GUNS are being manufactured and sold in the U.S.A. Access to these guns becomes easier the more there are distributed. If guns weren't so easy to get and have access to, there would be less shootings. We need more metal detectors at schools and more school counselors to help these kids before they go berserk.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • justageek

      "there would be less shootings" – True but it does not mean less killings or less violence.

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

      A hundred times more people die as a result of operating automobiles in the USA, so with your analogy, there are to many cars being manufactured in America.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • TKND

      you actually couldn't be more wrong. There are more guns and people buying guns than ever in the US (according to the FBI) and violent crime has continued to go down. In the US only 11% of home invasions occur when people are home, way less than any other country. The guns are not the problem it is the fact that our society has lost morals, ethics, and respect for one another that is the real problem.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. GNP

    CONFISCATE ALL GUNS IN AMERICA!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • justageek

      And sticks and stones and knives and keyboards and...

      February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dee

    Look we're never going to find a solution to the Gun theory but what I suggest all schools do and not all of them have been able to do as of yet is have metal detectors upon entrance and locked side doors. Have a more strict policy in place and guidelines on security just like an airport. Its sad its come down to this but seems like a better solution for our schools. Yea budget may be an issue but spending money on having safer schools is what it boils down to.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jake

    my friend was stabbed over fourty times with a kitchen knife.. should her mother the owner of the kitchen knife be charged?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. withoutgod

    I wonder how long it is until it is discovered that the shooter had religious motivations.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. cleveland glocks

    Prayers being sent to the victims! Until then I'm waiting for the facts that will come out in the next couple of days.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jake

    Im glad only about thirty percent of you opinionated people actually vote.lol

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

    Will all of you quit complaining about how this is like politics, or how this is related to drugs. Please just give the families of those shot or traumatized tome respect.

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

      I kind of doubt that the families are reading CNN's story comments right now, just sayin'. As ridiculous as most people are, this is probably the best place for them to spew their idiocy – where most people won't see it nor care.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. jamest

    its strange how kids act these dys with guns..

    I was 8 dad worked for DuPont, placed a 20 gauge shotgun in my hand and said watch the girls while im out of town. The thing is the girls were my 40 yr old mom a 12 yr old sister a 16 yr old sister and a 24 yr old sister and i was in charge. I seems to boil down to education and common thinking alone. I stuck it in plenty of boys faces trying to get into my sisters windows and I never pulled the trigger. I was the knowledge of knowing these boys were trying to get some bugger and not harm people inside. People these days just pull the trigger to see and show how hard they are. When they have done it they are soft as jello inside killing a person is pure hell on the inside and it is something you never want to experience.

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

      This explains some of your other comments....

      February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Lean6

      Wow.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • k

      ummm see at first i was with you but then your comment got stupid at the end. you never point a gun at someone unless you are intending to shoot them. obviously you should not been able to hold a shotgun since you thought it was just a simple toy. i guess you thought you was big and bad since you had one .

      February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • NJD

      So if they let you bring the gun to school to 'defend' yourself none of this would happen?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      What in the sweet Jesus are you talking about?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • jamest

      They came into my house i knew who these high school boys were comming into my sisters windows. I myself was not ignorant enough to pull the trigger in tht situation and not a trigger finger like some untrained idiot. Think what you want to think. I did not do what i did for a living because i was ignorant. so If it were a stranger comming into my sisters windows instead of the hightower brothers, or the potter brothers down the street they would have been DEAD. i have 16 yr old twins and an 8 yr old damn proud they shoot as well as i do. Dont be an intruder here cause either 1 of them three, my wife or i will get you right in the peanut not once but several times.

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

      It appears that not one of you below knew what his point was. Pity!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Charlie

    If guns kill people, then cars kill people too. We should outlaw both and do away with DWI laws.

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

      cars are used for transportation
      other than killing people or animals what are guns good for?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. martin

    Frightened, insecure people will always want guns. Criminals will always want guns. Hunters will always want guns. So you are never going to be able to control guns in this country. And the same people who are careless with drugs and alcohol are the same people who are careless with guns. It seems pretty hopeless and I fear we're gonna just have to get used to these kind of stories, which seem to come to us in an endless stream..

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

      Yeah, and frightened, insecure people will always want other people to pay higher taxes. What is your point?

      February 27, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. hhfhfh

    wao dude really?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. Billy Davis

    The American Taliban hard at work.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Hey people don't be stupd here. Think of the everyone that is involved with this tragedy? 5 victims and the shooter was a sophmore. It's not the question of guns, It's more important to find out what drove this kid to do something like this. Something happend here. It's more important to wish the families of victims the best, and it is important to wish the shooter's famly as well the best. Just think about what is at stake here and the problems afterwards. Is that so much to ask of any of you?

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