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. Brian

    Senseless acts of violence we will see these kids were bullied and they snapped this is a widespread problem in our schools. These kids either kill themselves or they rampage and kill others the bullying is a direct impact of media in this society such as BAD girls Club Real World and other Jerk shows that shows bullying is cool and acting like a jerk pays off!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      way to be super presumptuous

      February 27, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You don't have to be super smart to figure this out

      February 27, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      Or maybe they were just defective kids from birth and has nothing to do with being bullied or bad effects from media.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jboh

      What outrageous assumptions.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bmoots

      No, Brians right. This kind have crap has been going on for YEARS. Today with parents lack of supervision and the easy access to their guns, bullies should watch out. In no way condoning these acts, but you watch how this pans out.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Samwise

      We had a case like that. The kid being bullied couldn't get a gun, so he tore the bully's head up with a claw hammer. The bully now has the mind of a five-year-old and walks with two canes. A gun would have been kinder. Don't bully people if you know what's good for you.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve

    this is getting so common it's not even news anymore
    geesh

    February 27, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      I think kids being shot in school would always be news

      February 27, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. IHopper

    Thank G-d nobody had a knife... someone might have been hurt. F the NRA!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      Supporters of the NRA will say that if all the students had been carrying guns, this would have never happened.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Liza

    The media lies!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Ummm, ok, now what?

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

      Liza wrote "we need to take our country back"

      Sure, give it right back to the native americans. Theyd love it.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      About??

      February 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      Well, since the media is made up of people it stands to reason that all people lie (using your logic), and since you are a person, you must have lied, making your comment false, therefore the media doesn't lie.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      Since you're saying that ALL media lies, and all media members are people, then using your logic all people lie. And if that's the case then you must have lied when you wrote that. So, therefore the media doesn't lie.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie the Lion

      The media makes plenty of money telling the truth, no need to make up stuff.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canopy

      Liza you're about a paranoid as the shooter obviously was.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jason

    The parents of the shooter should be arrested or at least fined; it is their fault their kid got a hold of guns. The victims' should also sue the shooter's parents.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      yeah its always the parents fault that their kids are nuts and evil....NOT

      February 27, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • DP44022

      Unless the kid is 18, like my high school son, and could have easily bought a gun without his parents ever knowing about it.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • KB

      If your kids grow up to be criminals it is 100% the parents fault. Whether the parents passed on gene or failed to identify a problem child who needed help or raises and angry person its still the parents fault. If my dog gets out and bites someone it's 100% my fault.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Mott the Hoople

      The adage is absolutely true: "parents get the children they deserve." If you disagree with this, think about it, hard.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I agree with the sentiment that 99% of the time parent's are at least partially responsible in incidents like this. It takes an extremely troubled kid to carry out something like this and it's the parents' job to ensure the mental and physical health of children at this age. With that being said, nothing is completely black and white. Some children struggle with mental and emotional issues and the parents do everything they can to help and just aren't able to. Obviously, no one who isn't connected to the family knows which situation was going on here, so it's best if we just reserve judgment and wish all parties involved the best.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • hilo, hawaii

      arrested, not fined (plus, they are broke?)
      This article quotes, "He came from a broken home."........so how did that b/c everyone else's nightmare?
      -a broken home with guns, apparently.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ron paul 2012

    might have been alCIAda.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • You're an idiot.

      Shut up.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      Agreed, it will probally be related to the Quran burning and some radical Islamic teenager freaked out.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. LaLa

    It's not so much about the guns ppl , as it is the behavior. Without the behavior, the guns would sit unused....
    What happened to the students to think they needed to bring a gun in the first place to solve their problems>? Were these kids bullied? were they bullies? brought up in homes with drugs/violence? Abused? molested? did CPS fail them? Surprising what people do when pushed to the limit, and children are no defferent.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • hilo, hawaii

      Well, until America's 'behavioral issues' are settled, I would like to see stricter gun control laws, not bans -but more responsible ownership mandates, stricter jail for offenders -like owners who give easy access to innocent children as well as murderous teens.
      And a ban on assault rifles. Was this what the Founding Fathers intended? -Then why aren't we allowed to bear all arms -like RPGs?

      The more people who should not have guns but do -the more compelled every one else feels to arm themselves. Where's the Freedom in THAT?
      FOLLOW THE MONEY. THE NRA IS NOT OUR FRIEND.

      February 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. former Ohioan

    Yeah!!! Isn't everyone happy that Ohio is one of the states with the least control over guns ???

    February 27, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      Yes Im glad...This is happening because Obama has failed and these kids feel they dont have a future and have nothing to lose...This is all Obamas fault.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Boo

    Did your mother have any children that lived?

    February 27, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Randall

      did your's?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • john marsten

      boy I bet they regret that. ur so ugly you can a modern art master piece.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. suzie

    I think the reason for buying a gun is to use it. Perhaps we should be surprised that more people aren't shot everyday....that's what we buy guns for isn't it!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Liza

    I'm not racist I'm real. We need to take our country back!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      What are you talking about?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • El Quizzador

      From whom?

      February 27, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • dank

      Couldn't agree more Liza...it is time...because if we wait for someone else to do it, then soon the chaos just experienced will become commonplace.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joane J.

      Are you native American?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      You are a Racist hag...

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

      When you say, "We need to take our country back"
      1.Who's "We"?
      2. Where exactly would you like to take it?
      3. Who currently has it in it's possession?
      ....Just curious........

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

      Take it back from whom, exactly?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      Take this country back from whom, exactly?

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

      Take the country back from who? I never saw a take over of anything, anywhere?

      February 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiot

      Unless you are a native american you are a hypocrite and a moron.

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

      country back from who?

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

      Who's "we"? Are you American Indian?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      You are so unreal as to be a joke. Take it back from who? The radical christian right. I am in favor of that.

      February 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Liza take our country back from whom exactly?

      February 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jason

      Take our country back from who???

      February 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Back from who? The Indians?

      February 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • moe smith

      take back from whom?

      February 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Liza for years I've been trying to get an answer to this question and since you seem to apply the question to this scenario I was wondering if perhaps you could answer it... From what or whom are you trying to take this country back from and how does it apply to this tragedy?

      February 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ekc

      Yeah, really racist...

      February 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • corpsman

      Sounds like we need to protect ourselves from people like you.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Back from whom, and back to where?

      February 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • youreatard

      From who? You blasted teabaggers?

      February 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    The US limits access to explosives, and except for Timonth McVey that's worked pretty well.

    Why wouldn't limiting access to guns be just as effective?

    February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. chaos1234

    pure speculation on all accounts here. we don't know the reason for the shooting so who are we to point fingers and judge anything at this point. being a teenager is hard and without some sort of guidance or modeling it gets even harder. am i condoning a shooting? of course not. I grew up in the "columbine age" if you will. All i am saying is stop pointing fingers and blaming a piece of metal. look at what casued that person to pick up that piece of metal and weild it accordingly. therein lies the problem.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • hilo, hawaii

      Where this minor got this 'piece of metal' is important. He wasn't a lawful owner. So WHO ARMED HIM?

      February 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Trey

    This is why I stay working in China and I don't let my son study in the U.S, Guns are a terrible thing. Were American, but China is safer than my own home country. No Guns are in China. Thank God

    February 27, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      Lots of people get murdered in China...guns or no guns.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • fauxhawk70

      I would rather live in America than China no matter what!

      February 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jeremy

    Guns... lol

    February 27, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
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