February 27th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

Student shot at Ohio high school dies, police say

More on this story from CNN affiliates WOIO-TV, WEWS-TV, WJW-TV and WKYC-TV.

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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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soundoff (2,226 Responses)
  1. Joe

    i'm gonna go out on a limb here and blame Bush.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rick

    Hmm – time for the anti-gun nutcases to start crawling out of the woodwork.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • The REAL Truth...

      Both sets are already out in force in this set of comments. Did you read any, or just from the top of this page?

      February 27, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. jom didily Om

    More people die driving cars than guns, so lets BAN ALL CARS NOW! I am a genius!

    February 27, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Why are nukes illegal to own using your logic?

      February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • tullymd

      Critical thinking skills are not your forte. Still it's ok to go on thinking you are clever.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. ddd

    good thing the shooter wasnt wearing a bomb vest.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ricardo

    The US is a dangerous place, for turists and locals alike.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. shakergirl85

    According to live reports 3 students have been life flighted to Cleveland Metro Hosp. where they lay in critical condition, a 4 student taken to another hospital presumably because injuries not as severe. Metro treats trama gunshot wounds the best...prayers go out the whole community...

    February 27, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Find the shooter's parents and arrest them too!

      February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Matthew

    This is what happens when noone pays attention. When noone pays attention to a troubled teen it either leads to rage depression or both. this is what is wrong now a days we just don't slow down and pay attention

    February 27, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Kefca

      most impoverished black teenagers are troubled and you don't see them shooting up schools, they usually just sell drugs to make extra money and we act like it is the end of the world...

      February 27, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    Silly

    February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. MALAKA

    We need anti bullying laws, more school counselors and psychologists, and less guns.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Fewer guns will not solve this problem. You cannot un-invent guns. Someone will always have access to them. Gun control laws only hurt legitimate and responsible gun owners.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      We have anti-bullying laws, every school has a counselor, and guns are forbidden on school property. Clearly those are not the answers.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. nope

    This is all the MEDIA'S fault. If they didn't keep reporting school shootings, they wouldn't sound so fun. I mean.. Virgina Tech.. who else orgasmed during the news coverage of that? Mmmmh.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sonnie2

      The media is not doing America with this type of news coverage. They indeed in this world of instant messages could be a real problem for the Police to get this under control. The media is sometimes dangerous. Hope all the injured recover with no prolonged injuries. A sad day in America. A student that turns on his own class mates with a weapon is a student that needs to be locked up for a long long time.

      February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      Sonnie2....as a former Cop I'd be inclined to agree with you 100%. But I also have seen the other side of the coin; that being.....the possibility that the shooter could be the victim of long-term bullying/harrassment.

      In such cases, these kids have three options when adults fail to intervene;
      1. Deal with it (endure the bullying);
      2. Hurt themselves (suicide or attempt suicide);
      3. Lash out at their tormentors (mass shooting, etc).

      I'm not saying that #'s 2 or 3 are the right options.....or good options, just saying that THESE things sometimes happen. Before passing judgement, it's best to get......"the rest of the story".

      February 27, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    You can't blame this on violent video games. That reasoning is tired and unprovenl. Do you know how many people play them? If playing violent video games led to real violence, the streets would be flowing in blood.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Retired Army

      True that!

      February 27, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. mdmooser

    I teach and this is true, teens need to have a voice

    February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joann123

    forgetting the reason as no reason is justified praying for the families and community ....

    February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hotness

    A result of generation X raising kids that can't control their emotions.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    Were they wearing pumped up kicks?

    February 27, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
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