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. Dave

    I love how people are always all shocked when the kid that keeps getting picked on and has a rough life finally snaps and gets even with the ones that made their life hell. Everyone says how "senseless" it is yet troubled kids keep getting victimized. I say good for him for standing up for himself rather than lashing out blindly.

    February 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Are you kidding me? Good for him??? You are a very sick and twisted person if you think what he did was right. God forbid you ever live in a community where something like this takes place or worse, have a child who is a victim of murder but I'm sure if that were to happen, you would say," Good for the shooter.. He was bullied and he took action and stood up for himself. My child is dead but that's ok because the shooter was just sticking up for himself" Right Dave??? Get a life.
      I live next to Chardon. My friend's cousin was one of the kids that was killed. He didn't deserve to die. None of those children deserved what happened to them today. I don't care how much you are bullied, you don't have the right to kill people. If you are bullied, there's help out there.. TJ deserves the death penalty for what he did today. These children, their families, friends, and other students are in my thoughts and prayers.. You too, will be in my prayers because you need all the help you can get.

      February 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greek American

    Out of all this idiocracy on here, ONE person had it right when he said that the problem is the general hate and non-caring of our society. When people do not care about others, then things like this will continue to happen.
    And to all of you gun-toting CCW redneck cowboy wannabe's: I'd like to see you come out to a city (Detroit)near where I live and walk around at night with your cool concealed weapons permit and see how far you get down the block until a 10 year old does a drive-by on you with an assault weapon while riding a bicycle.
    By the way, I do support people having the right to have a gun, but most of you psycho rednecks just take the issue too far!!!
    And as I stated earlier, my sympathies go out to these students, families, and educators.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nuts

    There is a reason this stuff always happens in the south

    February 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      Ohio is also my favorite southern state...herp derp

      February 28, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    Yeah..jump off my back porch to take a morning swim in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Go huff another can of spraypaint you idiot.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Jeff Frank:
    You, my friend, are in rare form with that comment.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    banasy© :
    Your my friend too, or at least I think so. I know I get harsh, especially the with the lynch mob on this thread. Not you banasy©. You have kinship and love contained in your words. I respect that.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "On The Lunatic Fringe"

    I don't know banasy©, but if these were our kids, my heart would be broken. I can't even imagine what these parents are going through right now. Thier children taken away forever. I couldnt believe half of what was said on here today. None of anybodys hype on here will ever bring these kids back. Thier dead. May they rest in peace.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. lori dodge

    My heart goes out to all of the parents of all the students at that school.I have never been through anything like that,but i do know what it feels like to worry about your child. I pray for those students who were injured and with the family of the one student who was killed.May the lord be with you.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. CabbageHead

    I am concerned that more focus is given to what type of hunting gun he was able to obtain, as to how emaciated, and hungry this young man looks. The (allegedly targeted students), may have attended different schools and lived in the same neighborhood where the bullying occurs. It is amazing his peers report, he was nice despite his daily obstacles. Ask yourself what could make a young man, looking to weigh less than 100lbs, obtain a weapon, and go to another school to shoot someone.? I don't believe his grandparents have anything to do with that, do you? He may have experienced abandonment,appreciative that is grandparents have given him his basic necessities. Wait, we have 10 yr old girl in Long Beach, Ca. fighting over a boy and dying of blunt head trauma, our children are crying out. God Save the USA.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Vinny

    Still convinced there is no need for gun control? Gung-ho guns loving Republicans need to wake up.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • jackie

      Gun Control.. that will work about as well as drug control.
      Morons.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Ethan

      Guns don't kill people, crazy people with guns kill people, if this kid couldn't find a gun he would've found something else. So don't make a mountain out of this mole hill

      February 28, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • WDinDallas

      If the other kid's had guns he wouldn't have been able to more than 2 rounds off, and he would be dead.

      Of course, if he knew others had guns he would not have tried this stunt.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elena

      Government control everything, right? Count on big brother to police us because we're too stupid to control ourselves. Society already has too much go'vt interference. Wake up, Vinny. Gun control will take guns out of the hands of the citizens looking to protect themselves and leave them only in the hands of the criminals. We'll have no power to protect our families. The police can't be everywhere at once, buddy. You keep preaching gun control... and I'll keep going to target practice to be sure my house and my family are safe from the society that liberals like you are creating.

      February 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joy

    Grief only grief from this horrible act, and prayers and more prayers needed for their families and our country.

    If the social security system was changed to a fee based system no longer free, a life insurance base plan; (read) my SS REFORM 2109 article, you would see how these children would not have died in vane. Saddness over this event exceeds this attention, but please read how these horrible events might stop. Imagine good coming and these poor saddend families as they would know their children's insane death and taking from them, by a reckless killer– their kids would become our countries new young warriers to peace and prosperity. Veterans in our country our "new country" are these children and the hospitalized children are honored taken care. Lane on the other hand, would be sentenced to death in a simple trial that has low cost. The benefit for his death goes to the Mental Health system and Prison Legal Defense System of our country's laws. . The benefit for the 2 victims goes to a managed Government Fund –to grow a Universal Health Program 2109 for all citizens. In this country, new born U. S citizen's are the first recipients. Eldercare becomes the second largest group of recipents of the money.

    February 28, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
    • kristinacious

      JOY – do not use this tragedy as a soapbox for your own agenda....kids have needlessly died. Instead of praching try praying for their families....

      March 1, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    A second studen has died because of this tragedy.
    My sympathy and condolences are with his family, as with the rest of the school and community.
    The is just heartbreaking.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Samwise

    Jamie Bishop is on my mind today. Too many wild shots are fired in this world.

    February 28, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michele

    All of our prayers should be with the famlies of the children that have passed away, the children who are still fighting for their lives and the children who will have to return to their school. Everyone is hurting. No child should have to go to school and not feel safe. The boy who did this needed help. How I wish he could have gotten it. I wish he had someone to help him to let him know that he could have been ok in spite of the lack of family support.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Valerie Lynn

    We all must attend to the ills of the young or else this is likely to continue to happen. God Bless the highschool and their families.

    February 28, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
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