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Third Student Dies In Chardon High School Shooting

3:47 PM, Feb 28, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON, OHIO (WKYC) -- A hospital caring for students shot in the Chardon High School shootings confirms another student has died. Three students are dead and two remain hospitalized.

The students who died from their injuries have been identified as Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Russell King Jr., 17, and Demetrius Hewlin (age unconfirmed).

The Parmertor family released 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."

Two others are still being treated at area hospitals for injuries. All of the injured are students. They were taken by ground ambulance to Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights.

According to Hillcrest, the victims being treated there are a 17-year-old boy who is listed in serious condition and an 18-year-old girl listed in stable condition.

The victims were found in three locations inside the school.

The alleged gunman has been identified as Thomas "TJ" Lane, 17. Law enforcement officials Lane has been described to them as a victim of bullying and an outcast.

The victims were in the school's cafeteria waiting for a bus for the Auburn Career Center when the shots were fired. According to a survivor, Lane attended Lake Academy for at-risk students.

The sheriff says Lane turned himself in to bystanders off-site from the school in Chardon Township.

A teacher is credited with chasing Lane from from the building.

Gunfire was reported inside the high school cafeteria just after 7:30 a.m.

Students barricaded themselves in classrooms as the school was placed in lockdown.

Students were evacuated from the school five at a time. The Superintendent says high school students were evacuated to Maple Elementary School where parents were picking up their children.

The wounded were taken to a makeshift landing area in the parking lot of the nearby Walmart where they were placed on LifeFlight.

All classes in the Chardon school district have been cancelled for today. A spokeswoman says the district's schools will be closed on Tuesday as well. Grief counselors are on hand for students at Chardon Middle School from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Gov. Kasich has issued a statement praising the quick work of law enforcement officers.

Chardon is located about 30 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio. The high school has about 1,100 students.

 

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