CHARDON, OH (WOIO) –
The student who opened fire at Chardon High School has been identified as 17-year-old TJ Lane.
One student was killed and four others shot in the cafeteria of the school before the start of classes on Monday morning.
Three of the victims were lifeflighted to Metro, and two other victims were rushed by ambulance to Hillcrest Hospital.
One of the students – 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor – died shortly after arriving at Metro.
His family made the following statement:
“We are shocked by this senseless tragedy. 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. “
No word on the conditions of the other victims at Metro.
A 17-year-old boy is listed in serious condition at Hillcrest, and an 18-year-old girl is listed in stable condition at Hillcrest.
The shootings happened in the cafeteria around 7:40AM.
19 Action News has learned teacher Frank Hall chased the 17-year-old student gunman from the building. Lane later surrendered to two innocent bystanders about an hour later. Lane is cooperating with police.
The high school, which was placed on lock down, was evacuated around 8:50AM. All high school students were then taken to Maple Elementary School and reunited with their parents.
The Superintendent immediately canceled classes at all other Chardon Schools. Students on school busses were dropped off back at their homes. Parents were called to pick up students already at school.
Classes are canceled for the entire district on Tuesday, February 28th.
Governor Kasich issued the following statement in response to the shooting at Chardon High School.
“Please join me in praying for the students who’ve been injured in this horrible crime. Praise goes to the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff’s office for quickly getting this situation under control. I’ve pledged Ohio’s full support to them, the school and the local community in this difficult time.”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown released the following statement after several students were shot at Chardon High School.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Chardon community today. I join Ohioans across the state in praying for the speedy recovery of the students that have been injured,” Brown said. “I stand ready to provide whatever assistance possible to the victims and their families-as well as to local, state, and federal law enforcement to ensure that the suspect is brought to justice.”
A community prayer vigil will be held tonight from 7PM-9PM at First Baptist Church of Painesville. People are encouraged to come and go as they are able.
The United Methodist Church will hold two prayer vigils this evening in light of the tragic shooting that took place this morning at Chardon High School.
The vigils will take place from 7-9pm at the following locations:
Chardon United Methodist Church
515 North Street
Chardon, OH 44024
Rev. Dan Drew
Lighthouse United Methodist Church
14780 Mayfield Road
East Claridon, OH 44033
Pastor Karen Cico
Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News