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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    If drugs were involved, and even student drug sales, I understand immediately.
    Schools should be able to keep drugs, and drug users, away from school buildings: just say no (entry) and DO leave the child behind.
    I also think that the lowered age of se-
    x-
    ual activity causes teenagers to think of themselves as adults. If I had considered myself an adult when I was a teenager, I might have thought that I had more adult privileges, and I might have thought that murder was one of those privileges.
    I did know this as a teenager living in Mississippi: a teenaged murderer could be tried as an adult and electrocuted without awaiting execution more than about a year.
    The change in thinking is complex.
    Some of the more recent thinking in our society is bad, not "progressive."

    February 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LOLUMAD

    Does anyone here have any idea what its like to be INTENSELY BULLIED? Like you when you can't even speak a couple of words without being humilated for it? And no one wants to help you? The hate builds up inside the kid and he decides to do some crap like this. This is why school shootings happen.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vinnieJ

    The initial news report said it was a targeted shotting. That the shooter was a victim of bullying. If this is true and the victim was a BULLY he deserved what he got.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DesertEagle

    If guns are banned then only the bad guys are allowed to have them. You don't think this kid couldn't have stabbed someone with a knife, ran them over with a car, poisoned their food, or jack them up with a hammer? If someone wants to go crazy like this and they don't have a gun its not going to stop them.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JUGGERNAUT

    LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO

    WHEN THE STORY FIST CAME OUT PEOPLE WERE BLAMING BLACK PEOPLE AS USUAL, BUT NOW THAT WE KNOW HIS NAME: T.J. lane AND THAT HE IS WHITE I WONDER WHAT THE RACIST HAVE TO SAY.

    LOL LOL

    February 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      youre right...the blacks have enough to worry about with the thousands of killings they commit on their own communities every year.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      pretty positive that came to no one's mind. Leave your ignorance somewhere else and realize the bigger issue here

      February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUGGERNAUT

      @timmy

      and you have enough to worry about with the thousands of kid killing and raping in your communities 🙂

      February 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUGGERNAUT

      @CommonSense

      blah bkah blah

      just stating the facts.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      You're shouting as though you think that might make whites agree with you. Guess what? Whites don't agree with you. Not ever.

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

      The fact is, I didn't think it was a black kid, especially considering the community.. so I don't know what you're talking about. It's people like you that love to make race the issue about everything. Not everything revolves around racism

      February 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUGGERNAUT

      @nocarenomore

      dont matter if they agree or not, facts are still facts.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lada Gaga needs is a Ho

      I wonder if the shooter was bullied by these four boys or if he was jealous of them. Not the being bullied justifies a killing but being a bully justifies being killed.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUGGERNAUT

      @CommonSense

      dude my comment was not aim specifically AT YOU. there were lot of comments on cnn insulting blacks, because they thought the shooter was black.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      Nothing you have said revolves around any facts whatsoever

      February 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • nocarenomore

      @juggernaut, You don't seem to have any facts whatsoever on anything.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUGGERNAUT

      @CommonSense

      oh yes, it does.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUGGERNAUT

      @nocarenomore

      the facts were the comments that people posted.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    Another glorious day for the Republicans, the gun lobby and the NRA.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      @Bob If you are so worried about everyone's safety to state that guns should be banned. I bet you are still driving a car? Cars kill more people than guns, so ban cars first!!

      February 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • John from NYS

      Handguns are important for deer hunting and defending us from the invasion of Canadians.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      I never thought I'd come to the defense of republicans.. however, there are millions of gun owners who are responsible.. You can't make something illegal because of a handful of people who misuse something.. If you were to get rid of guns – they would only be in the hands of criminals.. Take a look at cocaine or weed; we outlawed them how long ago? and we still can't control it.. Making it illegal only makes white collar, middle/upper class society feel better about it and feel more protected in the suburbs (even though they wont be more protected). It will change nothing in the streets; other than raise the price on illegal guns. In return that would raise the crime/drug dealing one has to do make more money to buy said gun. Making it illegal will only keep it out of the hands of those who use them correctly – not criminals or mentally unstable people.

      I'm all for more gun control and safety – however, just outlawing them will do nothing but keep them out of the hands of law abiding citizens. Criminals will still get there hands on them.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Resident Good

      Please don't ban the guns – ban the bullying. If you bully an other wise nice kid too much and for too long, then the bullying might be responded to in bullets. Some bullied kids kill themselves – others get even. If this wasn't bullying, then we can go back to the usual suspects – Marilyn Manson CDs, Call of Duty video games, Rap music and a lack of vitamin C.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Yeah Bob, this school should have been a gun free zone.

      Oh wait.

      How did he get a gun in then? I mean, if we had made guns illegal, this would have NEVER occurred, right?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      @Steven – you say we can't change something b/c a handful of people abuse it.

      Too late – have you had trouble lately purchasing cold meds at the local grocery/drug store? Guess what – you can't just go pick it up off the shelf and buy it now b/c the meth heads are abusing them.

      Not agreeing with anyone that guns need to be banned, just pointing out we have already crossed that line of banning things because of a few bad people.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      @Resident Good – TJ Lane liked the video game Assasins Creed, according to his FB page before they pulled it.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KnowsMore

    I say we the "bullies" here were the heroes. Long live bullies and lets hope they continue to stomp out the wackos.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      guaranteed you wont say that looking down a barrel of a .45 ACP

      February 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      Bullies are the whacko's who create whacko reactions from others..
      You need to grow up.. Grow a pair and act like a decent human being to others.. Because thats the cure for what ails most of the people you call "whacko's"..

      February 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Piggly Wiggly

      Guaranteed Timmy spends to much time on gun statistics.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • doesn't know enough, i guess

      Does it make you feel big and bad to act like you are a bully on a blog on cnn? This to me sounds like a desprate cry for attention one exhibits when they have a issues with themselves. Let me guess, moma didnt love you enough, or maybe daddy beat you when he caught you playing with dolls when you were a little boy. What ever the case, you got the attention you crave. Every one reading this will know not to mess with you and how cool you are. One day, when i grow up, i hope to be as cool as you.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    How does a gunman forget he has a gun while being chased by a teacher.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • beckyc444

      I assume he ran out of bullets before running for it, if not then, I too am really baffled.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teacherman

      It might be as simple as this student respected this particular teacher and didn't want to hurt him. Maybe the kid shot at the teacher and missed then panic set in; remember the kid is just a kid. And maybe just maybe that teacher thought more about the children's safety than his own???

      February 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Phantom

      Likely we'll learn that the shooter was going for a specific group. Maybe he had no problem with the football coach. Mix an anti-social loner, a smart mouthed clique and a gun .... you have a recipe for disaster.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Randy

    The Daytona 500 delay story is getting more hits than this one. And we wonder what's wrong?

    February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Commonsense

    EXECUTE HIM IN PUBLIC IN FRONT OF HIS PARENTS

    February 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnowsMore

      i agree, another worthless nerd/loser to dispose of

      February 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Darlene

    On behalf of Western Canada and my family we send our prayers and thoughts to all families of children killed and injuried. We are so sorry this happened.
    May God hold each of your tightly in the difficul time

    February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ..

    i blame the media for school shootings. this will be on the news for days, another kid will see it and want to be center of attention as well.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      and then the kid will be the center of attention at either their funeral or in prison.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Piggly Wiggly

    Confirmed: it is only in the movies where you see police saying "NO TIME FOR BACK UP! WE GO IN NOW!"

    Apparently there is always time for backup

    But hey! At least the police were able to write that citation for driving 62 in a 55.

    Can we stop saying ALL policemen are heroes?

    February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The gun did not shoot anybody. I handled guns frequently as a teenager. When anybody was shot hunting, it was a terrible mistake, not murder.
    There was also a lot of bullying, shunning, and mocking among teenagers who had guns fifty years ago, but it did not end with murder.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donnie the Lion

      There's some truth to that statement. A bigger problem than who has a gun is where the gun is used. We've spent centuries making guns smaller and more powerful, but not much time making them technologically safer. And it can be done, it isn't science fiction.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ricksta

    When are the Americans going to realize that the "right to bear arms" just isn't worth it?

    February 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bala Bang

      When the followers of the most violent religion and its pedophile prophet stop threatening all that is good and decent in this country. Till then lock and load.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Mann

      Never

      February 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buzz Mann

      Just bought an AR-15 yesterday.

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