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. knowsmore123

    how do we stop bullying?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dm

    I think news agencies should be limited in the amount of coverage they provide. I don't think its far fetched to say that the people doing these shootings are doing it for the publicity. Maybe if we banned new agencies from live coverage etc we could limit these disheartening acts. I'm not saying people shouldn't be notified, but to halt regular programing to go to a live shot from a helicopter over the crime scene is too much.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bernie

    The most important question apparently: WHAT RACE WAS THE SHOOTER?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 19 year old student

      What does it matter? I mean really? You ask what race the shooter was, I ask how the hell you lived so long? Race isn't the issue here. The issue here is ONE DEAD STUDENT, and several others wounded. Race doesn't matter here. You can claim that whites or blacks or asians or mexicans do this or that but that's silly and childish. In the end, children were hurt, and the shooter himself may be a victim as well. Think before you post.

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

      This is what Blacks FEAR .... Hoping the shoot isn't black.

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

      Besides the race baiting aspect of the obvious troll, the shooter in these situations is almost always white.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      Again, completely ignorant thing to say! All of these racial statments are just so uncalled for! "19 year old student" is absolutey right!!!!!

      February 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • saddened

      there's no name, there's no portrait pics, and they're using as mild a language as possible..clearly, this shooter is white. this is how media manipulates us. if he were black, we would have already seen pics of him ranging from when he was 5 years old to now, they would of already blasted his name everywhere and speculated it to have to do with drugs and gangs and money owed etc...dont believe me? watch the news.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dale

    Good reason boxing should be taugh in schools.

    Teach kids to punch out their anger and issue old school rather than PC BS telling them to shove it way down deep inside simmering to explode.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lloyd roberts

    If he had weed rather than a gun, students wouldn't have been dead or injured. Pick your priorities America

    February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Music lover

    When a dude's gettin bullied and shoots up his school
    And they blame it on Marilyn (on Marilyn).. and the heroin
    Where were the parents at? And look where it's at
    Middle America, now it's a tragedy
    Now it's so sad to see, an upper class ci-ty
    Havin this happenin

    -Eminem

    February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RillyKewl

    And the want to cut back on school psychologists.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pop

    Was the SHOOTER BLACK?

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

      What difference does that make?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • saddened

      if the shooter was black they would have posted his picture everywhere along with his name and found some stereotype ignorant black "witness" to speak on the matter in broken english..i think its fair to say this shooter is white. just look at all the exucses people are coming up with in sound off lol

      February 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisa

      Generally when this happens the shooter isn't black they are usually white. But what does it matter what color the shooter was? The are other important factors surrounding this shooting. Race certainly isn't one of them.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BethanyM828

    This make's me wonder if the kids who were shot had done something to the shooter. In most cases the one who is the shooter is the bullied.

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

      Bullied or not, it doesn't make this reaction okay.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      I wonder that too, since the shooter targeted 4 or 5 very specific students.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric

    This is so biased.

    He shot specific students. Clearly the ones he shot were in some way harming him. he got fed up, and shot them. I bet he was the victim in this whole thing, yet no one is taking a look at his story.

    Let me put it this way. When the US is bullied we give it back 10 fold. This is what this kid did.

    Good for you guy.

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

      I sincerely hope that you are not a parent. To say that it is okay to shoot someone who bullied you is not teaching our children how to cope with anything. Just pull out a gun and shoot.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vargos

      Eric... quit trolling! This is serious, let the adults talk.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • knowsmore123

      stop blaming bullies. they are the strong ones here

      February 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joane J.

      He shot them, per a student who knew him,because of a drug deal gone wrong. They sold him drugs and they were his friends with whom he sat at breakfast and lunch, that were not real.
      You were saying. Not a black person anywhere.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike C

      Good for you guy! Really, a kid takes a gun into school and opens fire, and that's what you say! What is wrong with you?

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

      Uhhhhh you can't be serious. Gun violence is in no way, shape, or form okay, no matter the "reasoning" behind it. If this person was being bullied and fought back physically, okay fine. Good for you guy. But to kill someone because you are bullied? That is not okay.

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

      @Eric - are you KIDDING me?? You need psychological help too, if you think anyone is ever justified for killing someone for bullying. There are plenty of free resources available to anyone in that situation. I hope and pray that you don't live anywhere near my kids or me. Geez Louise get some help.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      That's an ignorant statement if there ever was one. THE VICTIMS WERE THE KIDS THAT WERE SHOT. You know what? There were times when I got picked on in school. I wasn't among the popular elite. But did I take a gun to school and start targeting those that bothered me? No. I stayed away from them and before I knew it I graduated and never had to look at their faces again. I'm all for having a low tolerance policy on school bullying, but taking a gun to school with the intentions of shooting people is a crime. No one is going to feel sorry for you.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      What is wrong with you? In what moral code does two wrongs make a right?

      Children are murdering and are committing suicide these days in response to their issues. When I was buillied, I focused my energy on school so I could get a good job and see my bullies serving me at McDonald's one day. What happened to our childrens' mindsetse in only a few decades?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • sosickofviolence

      Because your a victim of bullying or what have you, does not make it your right to go kill the kids that did it. The problem is that kids do not seek help, nor do a lot of parents pay attention to what their kid(s) is doing. Just like in Colorado. I was bullied as a teenager because I was poor, but I never, ever thought of killing someone, you ended up fighting that person and you gained respect and it stopped pretty much after that. Nowadays, you are not allowed to stick up for yourself so the resentment, anger, etc., builds inside and you end up blowing up as with this kid I am sure. But to kill someone is just plain wrong unless it is in self defense.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      People like you need to be dragged to the street and pistol whipped to death. A gunshot for you would be too nice.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      Eric,
      Do you have children? How would you feel if you received a phone call in regards to your child being shot or even murdered. If it comes out that this child was bullied then yes you can have sympathy for him or her but you also should have some type of sympathy with those who just lost perhaps their only child. In the end neither side one. And as you refer to the US bullying back 10 fold how about you take a real look at that as well because once again neither side has won.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • edwardo69

      You are one twisted POS

      February 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sunnystart77

    Nowadays its not a joke. Children, teens and young adults need mentors to rise up and encourage them not just throw them to the side. Just looking the other way causes too much damage. What happened to AMERICA? so much corruption in homes, video games, television, advertising, schools, politics, internet, foods, clothing. Young adults can not comprehend what is right from wrong when there are not really good role models around them. There has to be more because our young generation will be taking over in the near future...!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steven

    Goddammit!! Would some of you idiots stop trying to turn this into a political discussion or make jokes! This is a very serious, inhumane, senseless act of violence!! Grow the f*** up!!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MarkinFL

    And someone hear will actually agree with a troll like this ( even though it was probably self-labeled in a vain attempt to be obvious.)

    February 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Henriette

    That one's on you, NRALobby.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      ...and if they didn't have guns, they would use knives or baseball bats. This isn't the handgun's fault, its the fault of a media that lets these kids know that THIS is the way to get attention.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. knowsmore123

    personally i dont care how much you get bullied, you dont deserve this type of revenge. just man up and deal with it. sorry you're weak.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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