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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  1. august washington

    Too much hip-hop music

    February 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boes73

      Too many moronic posts like this one.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • R. Boudreaux

      wow..... smh

      February 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Catty

    I get the feeling those being shot at were Bullies.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      From other stories I've seen it seems the shooter was an ex-boyfriend, and the intended victim was the current boyfriend of a local girl. So, it sounds like the shooter would be the bully (and a cowardly one at that).

      February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      That's what they thought about Columbine too. Turns out the Columbine killers weren't bullied our picked on at all. Google the USA Today piece on that. You can't assume anything about this shooter except that he was dysfunctional, for whatever reason.

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

      the shooter needs to be publically hanged.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fortis

    Disturbing how people hear about a school shooting and immediately jump into religious/moral/political debate or generalization of what "could" have happened or what "should" be done.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Prosper

    What realy happen

    February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew M

    People need to understand that you can control guns all you want but that wont help. Why not instead of forcing more gun control, we teach children more about guns so that situations like this do not happen again.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ScaredOfWhitePeople

    The shooter is WHITE! OMFG! His name is T.J. Lane

    February 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mork

    Oh cmon, knives are dangerous but at least you stand a chance to move,run, defend, grab a desk and put it between you, as you create a ruckus and get the attention of others.. unless the stabber is jack the ripper and is sneaking up on you from behind in the dark, your options are much more available to defend a knife attack vs a gun attack.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duke5343

      Mork
      The most dangerous weapon in 20 feet is a person with a knief

      February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Mork, common misconception is that a handgun has a longer effective range than a knife. It doesn't. In a combat situation where I have a knife and am within 15 feet of you, and you have a gun already drawn, the knife usually wins. I'm sure you will never take combat training courses, but you should. It is eye-opening. A handgun is only more effective in the hands of a very well trained shooter- this kid probably wasn't. A knife is just as deadly if not more.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RG

    This is what happens when you remove prayer and morals from American high schools.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Veronica

    I find it absolutely disgusting that people use racist phrases such as "this kind of this is not supposed to happen here" as if violence only occurs in urban settings. Ironically, MOST of the mass school shootings HAVE occurred in rural and suburban schools that are predominately populated by white students. However, at some point all responsible adults need to get away from using race as an excuse and instead become concerned about YOUTH VIOLENCE in general. It's NOT ok that kids of all races murder and maim one another. It's NOT ok that a child of any race opts to take a gun and randomly mow down his or her peers. It's NOT ok when violence happens to kids of any race! If you loathe violence, then loathe violence...not only when it occurs to white people! Let's stand TOGETHER against violence, period. I'm sick and tired of reading and hearing about stories like this. Something is seriously wrong with our young people which, in essence, means that something is wrong with we adults. Rather than find 50 psychological reasons to excuse this kid's behavior, ALL of us need to find a way to improve the school experience for ALL students. If I had a penny for every time today I've heard "this kind of thing just doesn't happen here" I would be jingling all over when I walk. It's time for all of us to wake up! Kids of all races and backgrounds need encouragement, safety, and most of all LOVE. WAKE UP and stop living in your naive and racially biased bubbles!! By the way, I'm Black and I'm as distraught about this happening to white kids as I would be it happening anywhere. No matter if the shooter is Black, White, Green, or Purple.....we need to stand against violence, period.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duke5343

      True it begins in the HOME

      February 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      So true.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      good point, there will be many more students from Oakland high shot and killed by the end of this but it will not be shocking because it is a poor minority district. I don't really know what the solution is but it seems obvious to me that if you give guns to teens people will get shot eventually. For some reason there is way more guns in the hands of poor kids and in many cases less parental guidance.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ethananthony

    Oh great, a school shooting. Another invitation for morons to say that we should make firearms illegal. Don't you realize that just because guns are illegal doesn't mean people won't be able to get them? If you outlaw guns it'll just make it difficult for citizens who are doing the right thing to obtain them and protect themselves. I sewar, ignorance knows no bounds...

    February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aezel

      "Don't you realize that just because guns are illegal doesn't mean people won't be able to get them?"

      Except in the western industrialized countries that DO make most firearms illegal people can't get them and don't have them, and it works.

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

      People are going to be able to find weapons if they want them, supply and demand is a simple economic principle. If people want firearms there will be someone to supply them. If our fascist government makes firearms illegal the only effect will be less safety for honorable American citizens. Even during Columbine the people were up in arms over lenient gun laws, throw away your rights if you'd like but I'd like to keep mine.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      *sigh* This is simply not true. The truth is far more nuanced than you state. Compare crime rates in the Czech Republic (very low) where concealed carry is allowed for anyone at anytime with crime rates in Brazil (very high) where guns are strictly limited. Compare UK crime rates before and after they stregthened their gun laws. Or Australia for that matter. Murders and crimes did not go down, they went up. Please do some research and don't just spout "ban guns"

      February 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ethananthony

    Oh great, a school shooting. Another invitation for morons to say that we should make firearms illegal. Don't you realize that just because guns are illegal doesn't mean people won't be able to get them? If you outlaw guns it'll just make it difficult for citizens who are doing the right thing to obtain them and protect themselves. I swear, ignorance knows no bounds...

    February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. UnitedStatesofAmerilosers

    Typical monday morning musings from the great nation of American't..

    February 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PinkFloyd43

    We need to wake up and start spending $$ within the US instead of foreign countries. These kids need to be safe at school. If it takes having body searchs at the doors do it! Nothing is more sacred than our kids trying to go to school, make friends, learn and have fun! Yes you need to have fun also! Our country is slowly moving away from common decency, right and wrong and many things our parents drilled into us. BTW, what ever happened to 'You never hit girls', now it seems to be common place with role models. CB yes that's you!
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family who lost their child to this insanity we have allowed to go on too long!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cptpooppants

    You know what would of helped? More guns. That way a lot more people could have been shooting at the same time for maximum damage. Hooray for guns!

    February 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Former Buckeyed

    ..place is a million miles from Cleveland et al in terms of culture–which used to exude that of the CLEAVERS(Wally and June)....clearly must be a disturbed mind....

    February 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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