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. nocarenomore

    Everyone is at fault for everything.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colt45

      Well, that's YOUR fault!

      February 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Weezy

    This is a message to all you bullies out there. STOP DOING IT.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnowsMore

      no, its too much fun.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KnowsMore

    In my opinion the bullies arent doing enough. more bullying = more timidity from the wackos = less violence.

    lets beat up all of the nerds and weirdos and losers.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ignorance

      God will judge you the way you judge others. I pray for your soul.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Colt45

    If he shot up a table full of bullies, good for him. If not, then never mind.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Muhammed J. Bawany

    A very sad incident indeed and it can’t be condemned enough, but irony is if a white person does this it’s an individual act and is because of personal and emotional problems of that person where as if the same thing is done by a Muslim its act of terrorism, why double standards?

    February 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coflyboy

      That is not true. George W. Bush is not Muslim, yet he was (or still is) a terrorist.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colt45

      No double standards. If a person shoots up or blows up a group of people because their religion or imam says to do it, then it's an act of terrorism. If somebody is enacting revenge on an individual or a targeted group, it's a simple murder or manslaughter.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Motive, simple as that. When did race or religion ever get involved in this story?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Words have meaning Muhammed. Your failure to understand English and the nuances of criminal activity vs. terrorist events is just an indicator of your failure to know the world around you. Stop blaming everyone else for your own laziness.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jihad on YOU

      Thats because Muslims seem to be terrorists. Not ALL Muslims though.;-)

      February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • portnoychunk

      If a group of Muslims had plotted and to kill a group of high school students as a statement against the West or America, it would be terrorism. If a single Muslim kid who was a student at this school carried out the same crime as this young man, it would be treated as a single crime by an individual. Don't cheapen the death of this young man by trying to make this event a political issue, you just come across as ignorant.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sane

      Wrong.. No one says that.. An act of terrorism doesn't choose its victim by name.. It is chosen based on a group and random victims usually fall prey to it. Please open your eyes Muhammed.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santa Claus

      Sorry, but for all we know the shooter in this case was not "using violence against civilians to achieve a political goal." Apparently, he was just getting his rightful revenge, not acting in the name of an ideology or movement. There is a big difference between targeted murder/individual vigilantism and "terrorism."

      Ho, ho, ho...

      Hope you are enlightened.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • EFL teacher in Europe

      Using a tragedy in which youth were injured and killed to make a political point... way to go Mr. Sensitive.

      Condolences to the victims and their families.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Very simple. White people don't have a history of committing terrorist acts, except in the case of Timothy McVeigh in the OKC Alfred Murrah Federal Building. Every day, somewhere around the world, you will hear of kidnappings, suicide bombers, Al Qaida. Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Fatah, Palestinian Liberation Army, Muslim Brotherhood, Popular Arab Front, terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Iraq, Madrid, Nerve gas attacks in the Tokyo subway, car bombs, IED's, Iran, etc. 95% of these events come from Muslim countries, carried out by Muslims. Let's not forget the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11. Look at Saddam killing his own people and Bashar Al-Assad killing his own people. Until Muslims as a whole can get control of their people and start acting as humans with compassion, then the world can look at them in a more positive way and can learn to live together with them as our neighbors. It is not difficult to see. You should be able to see this as well. The entire world does.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Bush W. Bush is a Christian terrorist, Ted Kaczynski "The Unabomber" is a Christian terrorist, Timothy McVeigh "Oklahoma Bomber" is a Christian terrorist, Baruch Goldstein is a Jewish terrorist "an Israeli settler" opened fire at unarmed Palestinian Muslims praying inside Mosque of Abraham in the west bank. The prime ministers of Israel are Jewish terrorists for massacring the Palestinians on daily basis in order to keep Palestine under occupation!

      February 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Coflyboy

    I am surprised nobody has somehow blamed Obama for this incident.

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

      I've already heard Obama blamed for this by "destroying the moral fiber of today's youth." Because there was never a school shooting before Obama, right?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lou50

      How could they blame him. Anyone he is associated with like the people he populated the government with would have pointed the gun at themselves not knowing where the round hole should go!

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

      Coflyboy – why drag politics into this? A young man is dead...could be your friend/son/brother. Your comment has no place here.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Little critters like this are part of the lack of family values in any population. The kid has parents that are too childish to get along so the kid never learns how to cope with being the little knucklehead that he has become. It's sad, but when you have baby makers that have no desire or skills at parenting, you wind up with kids that are worthless like this kid.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • EFL teacher in Europe

      If you have anything other than "sincere condolences to the victims and their families" in the wake of this painful tragedy, you are the king of loosers.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KnowsMore

    sad thing is most people will blame the bullies. the bullies are the heroes here.

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

      You are confused. Bullies are NOT hero's and never will be. There are no 'hero's' from this, only victims. And we have no idea if the victims did bully the shooter. But your statement is way off the mark.

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

      How so?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • reidepowell31

      Bullies are heroes?????? Victims, but not heroes....

      February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TellmeSweetLittleLies

      How in the world are the bullies heroes?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • whaaaaaaaaa??

      Bullies,heroes?? Really. WE dont know what happened, but already i feel sorry for the shooter based only on a small chance that he was indeed bullied.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • The REAL Truth...

      Third time.. same post! Can you say " T R O L L" !!!

      February 27, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RRHRRH

    This is sad for sure. These kids probably bullied him, and made his life miserable. Maybe they will think twice before make fun of someone again. Kids are mean!

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

      the bullies need to pack themselves

      February 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jon

    That'll teach them bullies a lesson.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnowsMore

      yeah, its time for the bullies to fight back with bigger guns.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mom of 2

    We shouldn't be mean to other people just for the sake of being mean, but, seriously, the shooter is a the bully. Bringing a gun to solve his problems makes him the biggest bully of all.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colt45

      So, the person who strikes back at bullies are BIGGER bullies? No logic there.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KnowsMore

      time for the bullies to show who's boss

      February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom of 2

      The definition of being a bully is a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. If the other kids didn't have a gun (just mean words) then YES the shooter was the bully. I am not saying it was ok for those kids to bully him before, but we don't know that they did bully him we are assuming that, we do, however, know that he was the one shooting the gun.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colt45

      Your definition of a bully is noted, as is the qualifier about our assumptions of alleged bullying. I suppose that if this guy resorted to a "I can be a bigger bully than you" tactic, that brings up an interesting conundrum. Bringing a gun, or any other weapon, to school is clearly not the answer. Then again, a teenager does not always think clearly. An investigation will certainly get to the bottom of it.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert Canada

    Bullying is out of control and its sad when a kid has to resort to killing them before anyone goes "Oh was there a problem?". sad the kid has lost the rest of his life as well.

    Think about it – the next time your at work or at school and decided to be a friggin idiot and bully someone, you may have a bullet with your name on. People snap, its sad. Ttreat others as you would want to be treated. We all know bullies are just weak and spineless people who are so inadequate they need to feel macho by being a bully. The bullies forget one thing – they just made there families victims as well with THEIR OWN ACTIONS!!

    Sorry not one tear shed here and there never will be.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sane

    Lot of comments..but as long as we don't understand and accept that the source of hate and violence has no color or ethnicity.. It is in the human mind of every color and ethnicity. The thing that suppresses or eliminates this is good education / good values and faith (doesn't have to be religious) . Lot of us have it given to us by birth but lot of others do not have this. A society (aka government) needs to provide some of these otherwise hate and violence spreads. If you go to places of violence in Iraq/Africa/Europe/Asia/Afghanistan, one common thing is that the society (aka previous governments) failed to provide good education / support family values.. As simple as that..

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

    This story will raise a interesting precedent when it goes to court. We have had all these students get bullied then kill themselves in the last 2-3 years. This was a kid that sounds like he was bullied and instead shot the bullies in a TARGETED attack. I honestly stand behind this kid and I hope all the people who support all the suicide kids will support this kid. He should get some mental help yes but he shouldnt go away for life. Bullies might think the next time they bully if more kids do what he did.

    February 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colt45

      Agreed

      February 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • FromNEOhio

      THIS WAS NOT ABOUT BEING BULLIED. THE KIDS SOLD HIM BAD DRUGS, AND THIS WAS HIS RETALIATION. SERIOUSLY, LET'S JUST ALL GET OFF OF THE BULLYING BANDWAGON.

      February 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mom of 2

      Thank you FromNEOhio. I was wondering why every person here has assumed that this kid was being bullied. If you asses the information we have received from the news it appears to me that the only bully was him. He shows up to the cafeteria shooting unarmed kids who are eating. He was obviously the one going after the weaker person.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. move31

    what is up with white teens shooting up the school!?? omg..

    February 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • that guy

      When this become about race?

      February 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      That is a racist comment. What does white teens have to do with it. The real question is "What are teens doing shooting up the school?"

      February 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Mom of 2. What are you thinking? You think that the shooter was the bully? No. He was a victim of bullies, who had just had enough and went to get even with the bullies. Just because he used a weapon against an unarmed group of bullies, does not make him a bully. He physically couldn't whip them all with his hands and feet, so he took it to the next level. Not a smart thing to do, but mentally, he apparently had had enough to where he just didn't care anymore. This was his immediate answer of eradicating the threat. I am a Juvenile Corrections Officer with a minor in Psychology. This is not the first time something of this nature has happened, nor will it be the last. We need to speak with our teens and explain the dangers and possible consequences of bullying. To us adults, it's no big thing. But to these kids today, it means everything. It's sad when we hear of these things. The schools, parents and the law enforcement community are the answer on getting a grip on these types of events and putting a stop to them.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ohh America

    With the U.S. government themselves putting guns back into criminals hands and on the streets ie. Fast and the Furious, no one can even blame the lax laws.

    No one deserves to die, but I have to wonder if bullying played in to this. Parents start teaching your children about what can happen when you push someone to far. These are the results you get!

    February 27, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
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