News blog: Student dies from shooting at an Ohio high school

By on February 27, 2012.

Another school shooting has been reported, this time in Chardon, Ohio. Five students were taken to the hospital after being shot.

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Panicked students screamed and ran through the halls of the school when gunfire broke out at the high school, CNN reported. After students started to hear the popping sounds, some ran outside, some ran into the nearby middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers’ lounge inside the school.

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A distraught Ava Polaski, a sophomore, leaves school grounds with her mother Misty Polaski following a shooting in Chardon, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.


Authorities have said a gunman opened fire in the high school’s cafeteria this morning, killing one and wounding four others, according to ABC News. The suspected shooter was identified by witnesses and one of the shooting victims as T.J. Lane, a student at the school.

A student at Chardon High School, Evan Erasmus, told CNN affiliate WEWS-TV that the suspect may have posted a threatening message Sunday night on 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 in an interview with WEWS-TV.

The wounded student who later died at the hospital was identified 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.”

Chardon is a small city of about 5,000 people and is located about 30 miles east of Cleveland. Nearly 1,150 students attend the high school, which is near the local middle school and elementary school.