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. Lanbo

    i went to willoughby when that one kid shot up our school now a year after i graduate a school arund the corner gets shot up its crazy

    February 27, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. GauisCaesar

    I can't imagine this ever happening when I was in school. Just a year after my graduation, the Columbine shooting happened. It has happened numerous times since then. When will this country wake up and understand what we feed our children as entertainment is what they regurgitate as reality. We are such a lost society.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. one-eyed Carl

    Guns...Guns ...and More Guns...I Love it!!!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Lebowski

    Look everyone knows how important it is to be able to go buy an Uzi, AK-47, or M-16. I mean that sounds reasonable right? What I find funny is that when "the right to bare arms" was established, people were still hunting for their food with musket loaded rifles.

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

      Uzis and M16s? What year are you living in 1985? M4s are the current military rifles and the AR15 is the civilian version.

      Also what to semiautomatic civilian versions of military rifles have to do with anything? 99.7% of all gun violence is handgun related

      February 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. nomercy101

    Was the perp white or Blak

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

      or Hispanic. 😛

      February 27, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      What difference does it make what race the shooter was? Children were hurt idiot!!!

      February 27, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ray

    Black on Black Violence.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tiemen

    It's funny. When it comes to guns you never hear of them being used for successful home defense – the primary excuse for right-wingers to keep them around. No instead you hear of this type of incident.

    Get it straight crackpots, we know guns don't kill people on their own. Neither does the car driven by a drunk, what's your f-ing point? We can't prevent some people from being emotionally unstable, but we can make it a lot harder for them to get hold of a gun by restricting their use to gun ranges where they remain under lockup.

    This way the trigger-happy worshipers of violence can get their kicks while the rest of us don't have to worry about their screwed up kids shooting at ours.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      You do realize our high murder rate is mostly do to gang and drug activity not stories like this one right? Also most of the guns used in such cases are illegally obtained right?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Asturiano

    Gotta love those second amendment nuts. Gun at any cost.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Duke5343

      Another real sharp statement blame the Gun owners and second ammendment- ifi it happned over a drug deal we can blame the drugs or blame the US for not legalizing I'll keep my guns maroon

      February 27, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. jamest

    NJD

    I was raised better than to take a gun to school

    When i was a kid we settled thing with out fists like real little men not new day gang banger PU$$YWAYS

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

    Assuming he got the gun from an adult, they should make that a felony on the part of the adult. If you don't properly lock up your firearms and teach the children who might come in contact with them the appropriate uses for firearms...4 and something like this happens, then you've proven that you aren't responsible enough to ever own a gun again. People should know that if they are irresponsible with guns, they CAN be taken away. That's fair, gun nuts.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      It is a crime in most states already including states like Virginia which have so called loose gun laws.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      If that's true, then it pleases me. Maybe the NRA should do public service announcements encouraging people to be more responsible or they can lose their guns.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • NRA FAN!!!

      No the NRA will be doing a Gun rally here soon just like the did after Columbine because they care about people!

      Oh wait...forgot they only care about fun rights, screw the kids that got hut.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Let people who want to own guns pay a tax every year to keep guns out of the hands of irresponsible people. Someone has to pay for these... and it's not going to be someone who don't own guns!

      February 27, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Most gun crimes are done by people who do not respect gun laws. Just saying.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Ty Tymkovich

      Ty Tymkovich says not good. Please look before you burn something. I think its the golden rule! Tyrone Tymkovich

      February 27, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Guess what? I'm a gun owner and I agree with you regarding responsible gun ownership and keeping them out of the hands of children. Most gun owners are like that. You can get off your soapbox now regarding your disdain of firearms and all those who possess them by calling them "gun nuts". Most states already have laws regarding the storage of weapons as well as the possession of them by minors so adding more laws isn't going to make them more illegal when they are already illegal. I did notice, however, that Ohio doesn't seem to have a negligent storage law and I do believe that firearm ownership should come with great responsibility so they should get something like that post-haste. I will now get off of my soapbox.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Jeepers...

      So, let me make sure I have this clear. You want to teach children "responsibility" by shifting responsibility onto someone else for actions like this. Hmmmm...not really following that logic, but OK.

      A high school aged kid brings a gun to school and shoots fellow classmates, and your "logic" leads you to the conclusion that someone else is to blame??? Interesting...

      February 27, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. James

    Wow so many stupid and untrue posts about guns.

    1) All nations have guns yet we are the only ones with such violent teenagers in the 1st world.

    2) No you cannot buy guns on the internet without a background check; anyone saying that is a tool.

    3) Most shootings involving a teen involve a gun they found in their home, or a relatives, or a neighbors. Columbine was one of the exceptions where they bought the handgun on the street and the shotguns legally as one of the boys was 18.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Hey, Mavent, maybe you should look up the laws in Switzerland some time.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • get real

      Hey Luke,

      So comparing a neutralist country with a history of non violence and their gun legalization to a country that has a violent history and culture's gun legalization would be comparing apples to apples right?

      Really some perspective please....Letting American's have guns is like putting young kids in a room with a pedophile...sure it's POSSIBLE nothing will happen but we all know the truth.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jamest

      Untrue

      1 you lie untrue, get your facts right.

      2 you lie untrue i never said you could get guns on internet.

      3 you lie untrue research, more accidents happen from accidental shooting than any other type of shooting..

      4 you lie you are a waste of type and read.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • racedogg

      Hahahahaha cannot buy guns online without a background check? Immediately do a google search for Tor, the deep web, and bitcoin. I could literally buy a desert eagle and have it shipped to my house by the end of the month no questions asked. Obviously I haven't done this, but I literally could. You haven't even begun to explore the seedy parts of the internet.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      jamest – Accidents are one of the smallest numbers for gun shootings and deaths; suicide is #1, then gang related, then drugs, then arguments, then "other" according to the justice department. Those are the facts you should look them up.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      racedogg – No you cannot buy guns on the web and have them shopped to you without having a dealer do your background check and if it is going state to state a dealer in your state has to be in the transaction. If you have not done it yourself how can you possible understand the process?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Aegrestus

    Trolls trolling trolls.

    Just be thankful that nobody died.

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

      one student has now died from a gunshot wound. So tragic and sad.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lisbeth

    Our public schools are s**t holes because we have gotten so politically correct that psychopaths can't be kicked out before this stuff happens. I guarantee that when the story is told all the kids will say the shooter was a weirdo and then other people will say he was "bullied".

    February 27, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      You sound delightful.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mavent

    Remember folks, guns don't kill people. Gun Nuts kill people.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • martin

      I will, if you remember that abortions don't kill babies, selfish people do

      February 27, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. truth

    This is all Lebron James' fault!

    Really though why do people need guns again? Because they are scared some boogie man might come into their room and get them at night? Oh wait, no they want to go hunt deer for...some reason or another. Oh wait I got it, it's because it was written they have the right to do so 250 years ago by some people who were worried the British were coming (TOTALLY relevant to today BTW right?).

    We have more guns than any civilized country and more gun deaths than any civilized country...see a pattern?

    February 27, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
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