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. val

    bullying is certainly not acceptable but how is that an excuse to murder?

    February 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • KawiMan

      Because it's a quick & permanent solution to terminate the bullying, period!

      February 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jane m

    Guns do definitely kill people, and the laws on the books are not being followed thanks to guns shows, etc. They get away with it because the NRA has such a stranglehold on the congress with lobbyists.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ALKP

    And according to the NRA, GOP and rednecks everyone should carry a gun freely. Bunch of nutjobs.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJK

      If he would have ran them over with a car you would have said that NASCAR and all auto mechanics are nut jobs, right? Get a grip and stop blaming somthing that doesn't have a concious. I doubt he owned the gun, and at the end of the day the kid pulled the trigger.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shmowow

    @Lisa
    Assuming that you're caucasian, this was never your country to begin with. This country belonged to the native americans

    February 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      shmo: "Assuming that you're caucasian, this was never your country to begin with. This country belonged to the native americans"

      You mean the "natives" who went to the U.S. from Asia?

      Who stole and conquered each other and their land?

      Okay.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • really...

      just like mexico belonged to the Indians as well before being taken over by Spain. Every land has been conquered at one point in time. What's your point?

      February 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      Exactly this land belongs to those that inhabited it first.
      @Nah-What do think the Americans do to the Native Americans when they came here?
      But in general there is no such thing as race it's all pigments and colors that makes us all different.
      There is no such thing as being "white" or "black".

      February 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      This land belongs to those that inhabited it first.
      @Nah-What do think the Americans do to the Native Americans when they came here?
      But in general there is no such thing as race it's all pigments and colors that makes us all different.
      There is no such thing as being "white" or "black".

      February 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bugger

    This hit close to home for me. My family lives in this area and go to school with these kids. Apparently this poor kid was bullied so much and the kids who were shot had jumped the shooter several times and robbed him. This kid had enough of these other kids picking on him and let them have it. It's sad that no one tried to help this kid out and say something when they knew how bad this kid was being bullied. I guess he was a nice kid who stuck to himself and his friends. They didn't expect him to follow through on his threat but he did. It's not right, but he stopped the bullying.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Lungfish

      If true, the got what they deserved.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • really...

      I agree.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. larry

    Blue eyed Devil.

    Whites primarily with blue eyes are said to be the most evil. Especially since their skin is so pale, it looks scary to others as their blue eyes stare out at them.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • really...

      according to who? If you want to talk about evil races, look into the bible. One reason why blacks were treated poorly is because black was supposed to be negative. A man in the bible had his skin turned brown so that everyone would know he was bad. Pretty dumb isn't it? Kinda like your comment...

      February 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      @really
      Is that from a mormon bible?

      February 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      As a blue-eyed white person, all I have to say is...LOOK OUT! Mwah ha ha ha ha.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ethan

    If guns were never invented, the world would be a better place in general.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      Yep the WWI & WWII statistics prove your theory correct.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vorps

      Look, I'm no gun owner and I'm sure the hell not some weird hillbilly, gun-toting tea-bagger, but we've been killing eachother with spears and swords for WAY longer than guns.

      Blame the person, not the tool.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bugbuster

      I don't like the fact that any bozo can run around hiding a lethal weapon, but it is true that killers will kill with or without guns. The mass killings in Rwanda some years ago were done largely with machetes and knives.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Asking for guns never to be invented is stupid. People will always develop new weapons each one more dangerous than the last.It is our nature for power. It is not the weapon who should be scrutinized but the wielder

      February 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franko

      Yeah if cars weren't invented the world would be a super duper place today.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • umm no

      If the internet were never invented the world would be a better place because basement dwellers like Ethan would have to interact with the real world and use logic every day.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mugen

      If guns were never invented, people would kill each other with knives. If knives were never invented, people would beat each other to death with rocks. Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

      February 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Althalos

    @BILLJ
    Ok BILLJ what life and death situation are thinking about that doesn't already involve guns?

    February 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ♔Mmmmm♕

    ...anger isn't a permanent emotion yet too often it is used to make a permanent statement such as taking a life...

    February 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MamaMia

    Perhaps if the parent had locked up the guns, an unstable child would not have had access. Some counseling for the shooter before this horrific event may also have helped. It isn't the guns, it is those who should be responsible who failed.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      Well from reports the kid seemed to be "a normal teenage boy that enjoyed hunting" and there was no change in his behavior.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maritimeone

    In Canada this has happened two or three times in thirty years or more. You have to have training to own a gun of any kind, you have to complete that training to buy a gun, the police issue the permit to purchase a firearm after a criminal records check has been completed. You must produce proof of having taken the course and the firearms purchase certificate to get a gun. The gun must be stored in a locked box, the amo in a separate locked box. An interesting statistic is that 80% of the firearms used in crime in Canada are brought in illegally from the USA. Mostly I suspect because it is so hard to buy a gun here, you cannot be a criminal, you must complete the courses, and you must store your gun safety, or risk a fine and losing it. These laws do not infringe on anyone's right to own a gun, you just have to earn that right. As a result we have far less violent gun crime in this country. The USA needs to consider gun laws, we are not saying our citizens do not have the right to bare arms, we are saying earn the right.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      That's all well and good, but what's honestly to prevent some kid from taking a gun, like his parents' gun? In the end of the day, if a kid wants one, he'll get one. And I *know* there are plenty of people in Canada with guns. Of course, those are probably largely hunting rifles.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Althalos

      I apologize on behalf of the idiot that insulted you.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bugbuster

      Are you taking personal credit for Canada's superior gun safety record? Or are we supposed to be on our feet singing "Oh Canada" now? Do you have so little going for you that you must throw out little anonymous insults at the big bad USA?

      February 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cilla

    Sad Situation! We don't know all the facts, Guns, The Victim, The deceased, the injured,The families, Students, Staff,
    Faculty, The Bullies, The Police....Lets pray for all involved!!!!!

    February 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shinamone

    Reblogged this on thebeautyshinamone and commented:
    This is just sad for ALL parties.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Deriuqer

    Race? Really? What's next woman's suffrage? This is a school shooting!!! How about we all just learn that teens need better guidance and role models especially from their parents or parental figures and forget about it. By the way, most parents of teens in the USA are really awful in soooooo many ways and if you are a parent of a teen, you need to work on being a better parent for your kid, seriously. To find out if you are a good parent, ask your kids, "Am I a good parent?" if they say no, than you are not doing your job.

    February 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eet

    Better change his name to BJ where he's going.

    February 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
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