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. NMW5

    Guns aren't full blame, but its the loonies who are able to get the guns. It's time to have a better background check and make it harder for mentally ill people to get a gun. There needs to be a strict watch over this, how many more school shootings need to take place for this country to resolve this gun issue! No this isn't a political issue, its a moral issue where WE must change the good old system!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      Not sure if this person is even of legal age to have a gun so changing the laws won't really have an effect, unfortunately.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trollz

    So many trolls. Such a shame making light of a tragedy.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dont be a sucker

    Cue The Rapid Anti-Gunners !

    February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • zooni

      Queue the proper spelling of a word, for the mentally challenged.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      Because this is a case FOR guns how exactly? I'm not a rabid anti-gun person, but I'm just curious as to your logic.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bustinloose

      @zooni not sure who you are telling to check their grammar, but dont be a sucker is correct to use the word cue in this context. A "Queue" is : a braid of hair usually worn hanging at the back of the head, a waiting line especially of persons or vehicles or a sequence of messages or jobs held in temporary storage awaiting transmission or processing.

      "Cue" as a transitive verb means to give a cue to : prompt or to insert into a continuous performance

      Before you criticize someone else's writing, it may be a good idea to understand context yourself.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. knowsmore123

    should be punish bullies, or people who are bullied?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wow...

    Exactly. I'm sure the parents could tell this kid was gonna be a psycho while he was still in the womb. Can you do me a favor and yell upstairs to see what your mom's making for lunch?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. whatashame

    The very first indication that a student or person that is an adiult not attending school in anywhere in a school environment they should not be with other students should be under watch and care and not let out of the house or free to roam as school or amon society is certainly not the place anyone with mental problem at school or and adult on the job needs to be and someone also if they are a minor should be in the hands of another adult as free to roam causes this type of situations , It takes far too long and too many given excuses before someone is student or adult is apprehended or suspended as the root of the attacker problem is never discussed soon enough , If it is a student in school Most school now must allow by law a 30 day appeal time before an actual student in school is suspended as supension does not take place before the appeal . Wrong, Wrong Wrong . A non school adult nothing is ever done soon enough either as way too much time passes before any consequence given for he also !
    w

    February 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Yeah.. OK sure.....

      February 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      How about trying to write in something other than run-on sentences? Your rambling post is unintelligible.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quid Malmborg

      Stream-of-consciousness. Gotta love it.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    Chasing a guy with a gun out of a school takes cahones. He could have gotten himself killed but he obviously wasn't putting his own safety ahead of the kids.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      But I keep hearing about how selfish and stupid public school teachers are? You mean some of them actually care about their students? Well knock me over with a feather!!!!!

      *Sarcasm off*

      I agree, takes a lot of guts and more than a few teachers out there will risk it all to protect their school.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joane J.

    One deceased. Just confirmed.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jamest

    BOB

    Some of us have a CHL and carry for protection due to

    1. the city he or she lives in is trash
    2. they work in a industry that deals with alot of cash exchange.
    3. the so called police do not do a good job at all to protect people or
    4. it is our right to have arms.
    5. protect yourself and your family with a mop when some home invades you with his buddy and all they have are knives and axes, you will be crying and wishing you would have got proper training trained your family so they would not end up in a bag like dog chow from a freak axe muredring duo..

    February 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian

      Really? To protect yourself from and axe murderer? You'd be gone by the time you unlocked your gun. And if it is under your pillow or in an unlocked drawer, shame on you. You are putting your family in more danger by making it accessible. So I'm thinking the locks and security on my house would protect me fine thank you.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LOTR

    Per TV news, one deceased./

    February 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. westward

    Peace to the family of the deceased individual. What a senseless act.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hasc

    Have we started blaming this on Sarah Palin yet? Or is Newt Gingrich the villain of choice this time?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chant Sutton

      They say guns are not bad but the ones who uses it are. Well who the heck do they think uses guns? Cats?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      The FBI did a study some time ago about gun crime, shockingly it found out that most of the guns used for crimes (something along the lines of 95% of all gun crime) was committed using illegally obtained or stolen firearms. Wow, you mean people who purchased firearms legally weren't the ones who committed the vast majority of the crimes. Oh my, let's tighten up the laws so those honest people can become victims more easily.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chozo

      This week it's... hang on, let me check... Rumsfeld.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Truth, I believe you are correct but of the guns used in crimes, how many were taken/stolen from legel gun owners?
      I have no problem with responsible gun owners but the more guns available in the general public the more guns that get stolen and used illegally.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • branan

      hey jerk! People have died! This is not the time to score political points, but you probably think anytime is a good time, right?

      February 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Truth

    How about we compare gun murders per 100,000 world wide:

    TOP TEN COUNTRIES FOR HOMICIDE
    COUNTRY

    PER 100,000
    (1) Colombia 63
    (2) South Africa 51
    (3) Jamaica 32
    (4) Venezuela 32
    (5) Russia 19
    (6) Mexico 13
    (7) Lithuania 10
    (8) Estonia 10
    (9) Latvia 10
    (10) Belarus 9

    February 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES

      I got this list from goolg instead, it seems easier to believe. Or where you looking for gun murders specifically?

      Top Ten Countries with Highest Murder Rates
      Country Murder Rates (Per 100,000) Year
      Honduras 82.1 2010
      El Salvador 66.0 2010
      Cote d'Ivoire 56.9 2008
      Jamaica 52.1 2010
      Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 49.0 2009
      Belize 41.7 2010
      Guatemala 41.4 2010
      Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.2 2010
      Zambia 38 2008
      Uganda 36.3 2008

      February 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Danube

    The white children going crazy again.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      What a ignorant and stupid thing to say!

      February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve Jobing

    Someone had a case of the Mondays.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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