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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soundoff (2,226 Responses)
  1. lei

    I'm so glad that for once a school shooter has been caught alive instead of wimping out through suicide or death by cop. This one is going to have to live with what he did for the rest of his miserable life.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vanguard

    gstlab3 – Psychological help is available for people like you. So is education.. I would imagine either of those opportunities would benefit your opinions and views.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kris

    Blah blah blah. But join a church and kill millions in the name of God.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pop

    How much you want to BET? If the shooter was BLACK....

    BLACK AMERICANS would be terrified.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • KayCeeTee

      What does this have to do with race?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jesse

    is that kid they interviewed with his grandfather with the weird bowl cut foreign, a boy, a girl, or gay, or just weird sounding and looking or what? strange looking dude.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

      possible alien involvement?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Way Out There

      With a question like that directed at a kid, are you genuinely surprised when a kid goes off the deep end? I am guessing you are one of the people that should just be thanking your lucky stars that kids you made fun of and bullied in high school didn't snap and target you. Just sayin'.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd

      The news story makes yyou feel uncomfortable, so you feel a need to pick on some kid they interview on TV? You need to check in with your therapist, your meds aren't working.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. everettreb

    I know you anti-religious atheist on here are not going to want to here this but for those of you who are old enough to remember when things starting getting bad in this country should remember that it was right about the time that they took pray and discipline out of schools.
    Think about that!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiot

      >mfw you think that killing is new and directly related to removal of religion

      February 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You're an idiot.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • noteabags

      The first amendment is just as important as the second: Separation of church and state.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Actually, its about the time parents stopped supporting the schools and removing any real ability to maintain discipline. Prayer has nothing to do with it. Also, prayer is allowed in schools.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      False.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fortis

      Correlation does not imply causation.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • everettreb

      Kids are not longer being taught moral values which comes with religious teaching and prayer.
      They no longer have the fear of authority which comes with discipline.

      Yes I know that student prayer is allowed but I'm talking about staff lead prayer.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rbnlegnd

      When did they take pray out of schools?

      February 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lei

    good point!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AprilEllen

    This is America, where all children have the right to education. Their injuries or death will affect scores of people. Who do you think pays for their recovery after their parents insurence runs out? Everyone in that schooll, and the people who love them, will be meantally scared for life. The injury or death of inocents is never acceptable nor is joking about it acceptable. Your statment is not funny. You are either extreamly sttupid, or a hate filled, unAmerican, who should be exterminated for the good of society. Either way this world needs less people like you.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    The Brady Campaign is a joke and losing massive ground, especially with H.R. 822. The problem resides in the home. The father should've secure the weapon, depending on the age. It's high school, so the student has the maturity to understand gun safety and control. It's not gun control to prevent things like this. Gun control prevents thugs from legally owning countless firearms, gun safety prevents your young child from shooting himself or another. There's nothing you can do about ill-intent and someone who wants to kill. Gun control will not prevent that.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thecentrist11

    Terrible logic in saying that banning guns won't stop people from getting guns.

    Banning murder won't stop people from murdering, why ban murder?

    February 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Batman

      I concur... banning guns WILL NOT stop people from getting guns. It hasn't to this day.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Banning guns? Guns are banned from criminals, they still get them. Or, you mean ban guns universally and entirely for everyone? Well, the FBI estimates over 300 million guns in circulation here in America alone. If you ban new sales, there are still millions on the street for the criminals and thugs who already buy them on the street, so you won't prevent anything besides lawful innocent civilians from being able to protect themselves. Not to mention, knives and blunt force trauma from objects. You'd rather me not be able to defend myself with my legal firearm that I lawfully carry concealed, but hope that I can somehow disarm the knife/bat wielding attacker with my bare hands? Thanks!

      February 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MarkinFL

    What a load of hooie!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sean

    idiots love guns!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ben35

    Looks like it was time to take out the thrash again. Bullies need to be taught a lesson

    February 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. White guy in STL

    you are an idiot.......

    February 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sheila

    I find reading some of the post here very upsetting. This young person obviously had major issues going on that someone unfortunately, decided to ignore. Now, we have children and parents dealing with loss for the rest of their lives. We need to start taking control of website publications, and our children. Laws need to be firm for gun control and distribution maybe then these types of tragic incdients will be avoided. Lets stop throwing statements out that are hurtful to others and give some thought to the people suffering from this incident!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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