Breaking: Ohio: Chardon High School Shooting 4 Students Injured [Update 6: 1 Dead, 4 Others Injured, Report: Shooter ID'd As Fellow Student]

February 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

Dear God. Such tragic news to start off the week.

Preliminary report:

(Columbus Dispatch) CHARDON, OH — At least four students have been injured in a shooting this morning at Chardon High School.
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Little information has been made available.  Chardon police and sheriff’s officials said the school was on lockdown. Parents are crowding just off school grounds.

The shooting happened in the cafeteria, according to a waiting parent, Jessica Bryant, whose daughter Allison, a freshman who had seen it and texted her.

A city official sad officials don’t know where the shooter is, and the parents are being told at 8:21 that it might not be safe to remain near the school.

Police are blocking off streets near the school.

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The gunman remains on the loose.

Update: WLWT’ Live Video: School Shooting Scene

Update 2:

(KSNT) –The sheriff’s office says one person, reportedly a student, suspected in the shooting left the school but is now in custody. There are reports that there may be another suspect.

Counter to the above, this report states that the police do not believe there is another suspect.

(KCTV) –One suspect – a student – has been taken into [custody]. Police do not believe there is a second gunman at this time.

Update 3:

Fox News:

Sheriff Dept ‘situation under control’ and parents are to pick up their kids at nearby Maple Elementary School.

Unconfirmed report: Three of the four students injured students  are in critical condition, one is in stable condition. And that the injured are three boys and one girl.

Local police scanners: Two people are in custody. The second suspect in custody is not necessarily a second shooter or an accomplice. He was taken into custody because he was found running away from the school which at the time the police deemed to be suspicious. He/she may have just been frightened and in a panic mode. Understandable.

Report quoting a student on the scene: The shooter a male student stood up in the school cafeteria and, “started shooting and then there was chaos”.

Update 4: Again from Fox News live report:

Local WJW Reporter on the ground who spoke to a senior female student eyewitness is reporting that there were two gunman who may or may not still attended the school. And one of the gunman was “literally chasing a student down a hallway with a gun pointed at him.” Reportedly the gunmen had specific targets they were going after.

Update 5:

The FBI is confirming that there was only one gunman. And are not saying that the gunman was a student.

John Hiscox Geauga County Sheriff’s Office: Confirmed (single) gunman was apprehended fleeing from the scene. Will not confirm whether or not the gunman was an active student.

Update 6:

(ABC) –One student has died following a shooting this morning at Chardon High School in Ohio. Four others were injured and the shooter is in custody.

“There is one deceased student,” Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said at a news conference. “That’s the sad news for all of us today.”

Police will not yet identify the gunman, saying only that he has not yet been charged and that he is a juvenile.
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The shooter was chased out of the building by a teacher and later turned himself in to a passerby, authorities said. Police have not yet confirmed whether the gunman was a student at the school, but junior Heather Ziska told the Associated Press she just a few feet away when he opened fire and she recognized the shooter as a fellow student.

The  suspected gunman has been ID’d by Chardon High Junior Nate Mueller:

(Toledo Blade) –Police are not releasing names, but Junior Nate Mueller, who said his ear was grazed by a bullet, identified the shooter as T. J. Lane.

Update 7:

Cleveland.com has a direct quote from Nate Mueller identifying TJ Lane as the shooter:

High school junior Nate Mueller, who was hit in the right ear, identified the shooter as T.J. Lane.

Mueller said he and his friends, including Russell King, Nick Walczak and Demetrius Hewlin, were sitting at their regular cafeteria table when T.J. approached them about 7:30 a.m.

Nate said he heard a gunshot behind him. He turned and felt a sting on his ear.

“My friends were crawling on the floor, and one of my friends was bent over the table, and he was shot,” Nate said. “It was almost like a firecracker went off. I turned around and saw [T.J.] standing with a gun and I saw him take a shot.”

Nate, who has a scratch on his upper right ear, said he ran out of the building, hid behind a car and called 9-1-1.

Nate said his group was friends with T.J. through middle school, but in high school, T.J. went a separate way.

Russell, he said, had recently started dating T.J.’s ex-girlfriend, who is home-schooled.

Also from Cleveland.com a yearbook photo of TJ Lane here.

All of Update 6,  should be filed under allegedly at this time.

Developing. I will stay on it throughout the day, and post updates as more information becomes available. Refresh page for updates.