2 students killed, 3 others injured in Ohio school shooting

Emergency crews respond to a high school shooting Monday. (Source: WOIO)
Emergency crews respond to a high school shooting Monday. (Source: WOIO)

CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - Two students have been killed and three others were injured Monday morning in a shooting at a Northeast Ohio high school.

Authorities arrested and identified the suspected student gunman as 17-year-old TJ Lane. The shootings occurred just before the start of classes Monday morning around 7:40 a.m. in the area of Chardon High's cafeteria. Lane reportedly opened fire shooting five students.

Three students were transported to MetroHealth Medical Center. Daniel Parmertor, 16, died from injuries shortly after being flown to the hospital. Sources tell 19 Action News that a second victim died at MetroHealth Medical Center around 6:45 p.m. Monday evening. The third shooting victim at MetroHealth Medical Center is listed in critical condition.

The remaining victims, a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, were taken to Hillcrest Hospital. The male was last listed in serious condition and the female was reported to be in stable condition.

Family members of Daniel Parmertor released the following statement Monday afternoon:

"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. "

During Lane's shooting rampage, teacher Frank Hall chased the teen away from the building. He later surrendered to innocent bystanders about one hour later. Lane is reportedly cooperating with police.

The high school, which was placed on immediate lock down, was evacuated around 8:50 a.m. All high school students were then taken to Maple Elementary School where they were reunited with their parents.

The Superintendent immediately canceled all classes for the entire Chardon School District upon hearing the news. Classes have also been cancelled for Tuesday, February 28th.

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