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By: The Associated Press & WSAZ Email
By: The Associated Press & WSAZ Email





UPDATE 2/22/13 @ 5:40 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Relatives of three teenagers killed in an Ohio school shooting are suing a charity that maintains a fund set up to benefit victims' families and support the well-being of students and others in the affected community.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday against United Way says more than $950,000 was donated to the Chardon Healing Fund after the shooting last year. The suit alleges the trust wasn't properly administered and says the three families received less than $150,000 and had funding requests denied.

A statement from United Way of Greater Cleveland and the United Way Services of Geauga County says the fund is managed transparently according to its purpose. The groups say more than $417,000 has been distributed to families of the three killed and three others hurt in the shooting.



UPDATE 2/22/13 @ 5:40 p.m.
WARREN, Ohio (AP) -- A teenager who shot and killed three students in a northeast Ohio high school cafeteria has appealed his life sentence.

The court-appointed attorney for 18-year-old T.J. Lane filed the appeal Thursday with the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Warren. The brief filing also cited the decision moving his case to adult court in Chardon.

Lane was 17 at the time of the shooting rampage in February 2012. His court-appointed attorney, Michael Partlow, said Monday an appeals focus would be whether a juvenile can be sentenced to life without chance of parole.

Lane pleaded guilty in February in the shooting rampage in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland.

At his sentencing, Lane wore a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it and he cursed and gestured obscenely.



UPDATE 1/7/13 @ 10:14 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A judge in Ohio has indefinitely delayed the murder trial of an 18-year-old charged in the shooting death of three high school classmates.

Judge David Fuhry in Chardon, east of Cleveland, said Monday that he will hold a hearing in late January to discuss a new trial date. The trial of T.J. Lane had been scheduled to begin next Monday.

The judge ruled in response to a joint motion from prosecution and defense attorneys who say they have new evidence. The nature of the evidence was not disclosed in court.

Prosecutors say Lane took a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High School last Feb. 27 and fired 10 shots at a group of students in the cafeteria. Three were killed and three others were wounded.



UPDATE 1/2/13 @ 11:40 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Attorneys for an Ohio teenager charged in the school shooting deaths of three students are renewing their effort to move the trial out of the grief-stricken community.

Attorneys for 18-year-old T.J. Lane asked the trial judge in Geauga County east of Cleveland for permission to make their case in a sealed document.

The defense didn't elaborate in the motion filed late Monday.

There was no immediate comment from prosecutors, who have opposed moving the trial. The judge has indicated he wants to wait and see if an unbiased jury can be selected in Chardon.

Lane's trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 14. He faces up to life in prison without chance of parole if convicted in the attack last Feb. 27 at Chardon High School.



UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 3:35 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A judge in Ohio says jurors at a teenager's trial for a deadly school shooting will be allowed to hear taped comments by the suspect's relatives while they were in a police interrogation room.

A Geauga County judge on Thursday rejected the effort by T.J. Lane's defense to bar the conversations from his murder trial next month.

Prosecutors say there's no reasonable expectation of privacy while Lane's relatives talked among themselves in a police interview room. The suspect's relatives say they didn't know they were being recorded.

The 18-year-old Lane is charged in the shootings at Chardon High School that killed three students last February. He's being tried as an adult and filed an insanity plea.

Investigators say Lane admitted shooting at students but he didn't know why.



UPDATE 12/6/12 @ 3:35 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- An attorney in northeast Ohio wants a judge to throw out statements made by an 18-year-old charged in a school shooting that left three students dead last winter.

The attorney for T.J. Lane said Thursday that authorities advised him of his rights when they first questioned him but not before they talked with him a second time.

Prosecutors say investigators followed procedures and that Lane told them he wanted to talk after the shootings in Chardon, east of Cleveland.

Investigators say Lane admitted to shooting at students but couldn't say why. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted of the shootings in the Chardon High School cafeteria last February.

Lane is being tried as an adult and has filed an insanity plea.



UPDATE 10/22/12 @ 12:10 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- The trial of an Ohio teenager charged in a school shooting rampage that killed three students has been delayed until Jan. 14 while his attorneys prepare an insanity defense.

The trial of 18-year-old T.J. Lane had been scheduled for Nov. 26 in Chardon east of Cleveland, but a judge has now pushed back the trial at the request of Lane's attorneys.

Defense attorney Ian Friedman confirmed the postponement to The Associated Press on Monday and the judge's staff said he expects to sign an order this week with the new trial date.

Lane's attorneys have said he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.

Lane faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted of the shootings Feb. 27 in the Chardon High School cafeteria.



UPDATE 10/18/12 @ 11 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Seven suicide attempts by students at the same Ohio high school where a mass shooting occurred in February has officials concerned.

The Associated Press reports there were seven suicide attempts by six Chardon High School students from May through September. Administrators are now taking action to try to prevent others.

School district superintendent Joseph Bergant told the Associated Press he thinks the February shooting at the school that left three students dead has taken its toll on survivors.

The district is now increasing efforts to spread awareness regarding the signs and symptoms of those who may be considering doing harm to themselves or others and need help.

Eighteen-year-old T.J. Lane is charged in the shooting, which also left three students wounded. His trial is pending.



UPDATE 9/27/12 @ 10:20 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Attorneys for a teenager accused of fatally shooting three students and wounding three others at a northeastern Ohio high school are asking a judge to allow him to visit with mental health experts in jail.

The Associated Press reports that T.J. Lane's attorneys have filed a motion asking that doctors be able to visit him in the Geauga County jail to help prepare his defense.

Lane was recently transferred from a juvenile facility to the adult jail because he turned 18.

Lane is being tried as an adult and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole if convicted of the shootings Feb. 27 in the Chardon High School cafeteria. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 26.



UPDATE 6/5/12
CLEVELAND (AP) - A 17-year-old has been indicted in Ohio in the school shooting deaths of three students and the wounding of three others.

The indictment was returned Tuesday in Geauga County east of Cleveland against T.J. Lane.

A judge ruled last month that Lane must be tried as an adult. Lane could face life in prison if convicted.

He was indicted on three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault in the Feb. 27 attack at Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

No motive has been established.



UPDATE 5/24/12
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A judge says a 17-year-old boy charged in the Ohio school shooting deaths of three students will be tried as an adult.

Authorities say T.J. Lane admitted firing at students sitting at a cafeteria table at Chardon High School east of Cleveland on Feb. 27.

A juvenile court judge ruled Thursday that Lane will be tried as an adult. He said he found probable evidence in all six charges for which Lane is charged.

Lane could face life in prison if he's convicted in adult court.

The shooting killed three students and seriously hurt two more. The motive remains unclear.

A psychiatrist has testified that Lane suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies.



UPDATE 5/2/12
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A judge in northeast Ohio says a 17-year-old boy charged in a school shooting is mentally competent to stand trial in the deaths of three students.

The ruling Wednesday by Judge Timothy Grendell in Geauga County Juvenile Court means suspect T.J. Lane can be tried as an adult. Lane is charged in the Feb. 27 Chardon High School rampage that also left two students seriously wounded.

Under a new state law, a child can be found competent only if he or she is able to grasp the seriousness of the charges and able to understand the proceedings.

The prosecutor has said that Lane is "not well."



UPDATE 3/6/12 @ 4:40 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A 17-year-old charged with aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault stemming from a deadly shooting at an Ohio school has made a court appearance.

T.J. Lane appeared Tuesday before a juvenile judge in Chardon. The judge explained to him that the case could be sent to adult court for trial.

Judge Tim Grendell postponed that hearing from March 19 until April 3 because two new attorneys have joined the defense team.

No plea was attended at Tuesday's hearing, which was attended by Lane's custodial grandparents.

Prosecutors say Lane has admitted to investigators that he opened fired last week on students in the cafeteria of Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Three students were killed and three others were wounded.

The motive for the shootings remains unclear.



UPDATE 3/6/12 @ 11 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A 17-year-old charged in an Ohio school shooting rampage that killed three students must face a judge on the charges.

A hearing before Juvenile Judge Tim Grendell in Chardon is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon on aggravated murder charges against T.J. Lane.

He's also charged with attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault in last week's attack at Chardon High School east of Cleveland.

The prosecutor expects the case to be moved to adult court, where Lane could face life in prison. Minors are not eligible for the death penalty in Ohio, whether convicted as juveniles or adults.

No motive has been specified.

Funerals began Saturday and continue Tuesday morning and again Thursday, all at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chardon.



UPDATE 2/29/12 @ 9:21 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- The parents of a boy killed in an Ohio school shooting say he was looking forward to picking up his paycheck from his first job.

Now Bob and Dina Parmertor say they're considering burying the check with the body of their son, 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor.

Dina Parmertor said Wednesday on NBC's Today show that the new job and his first check were all her son was talking about.

Bob Parmertor says his son, killed Monday in the Chardon High School shooting, was a happy kid, always fun to be around, and fond of teasing him because he was taller.

The shooting killed two other students, while another student, Nick Walczak, remains in serious condition in Hillcrest Hospital in suburban Cleveland. Suspect T.J. Lane has admitted firing at a group of students. A judge ordered the teen held for at least 15 days.



UPDATE 2/28/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Bullying and drugs are not suspected motives in a shooting that killed three high school students and left two others injured.

Those words came from Geauga County, Ohio Prosecutor David Joyce in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Joyce said, "This is not about bullying, this is not about drugs." He also told the media that suspect TJ Lane is "someone who's not well."

For the first time since the shooting, officials took questions at the press conference. Prosecutor Joyce was asked about potential charges for Lane and said at this point, he could be charged with aggravated murder.

Prosecutors have until March 1 to formally press those charges. Joyce says they do plan to try the case.

That was the extent of what Joyce said after a gag order was placed on him and Lane's attorney in a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Also during the press conference Police Chief Tim McKenna confirmed that Demetrius Hewlin passed away Tuesday afternoon.

He is the third student to die from gunshot wounds they received Monday morning when Lane opened fire in the school.

17-year-old Russell King Jr. and 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor were also killed.

McKenna also said that Joy Rickers, has been released from the hospital.

Nick Walczak is still in the hospital, and at last check was still in critical condition.

A fund has been set up for the families of the victims. $150,000 has already been donated.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

TJ Lane is being held in a juvenile detention center until his next hearing on March 6.

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UPDATE 2/28/12 @ 4:15 p.m
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The 17-year-old accused of shooting five students at a northeast Ohio high school will remain in custody.

Thomas "TJ" Lane made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

In the hearing, a motion was ruled for the media not to shoot video or take photographs of Lane, his grandfather, who is his legal guardian or his two aunts.

It was also ruled that neither the prosecution nor the defense talk with the media about the case.

According to the prosecutor, TJ Lane confessed to taking a .22 caliber handgun into Chardon High School Monday morning and firing off 10 rounds.

Five students were shot. Three of those students have died, another is still in the hospital and according to the prosecutor's office, one victim has been released from the hospital.

Lane told investigators that he did not know the victims and chose them randomly.

It was ruled that Lane remain in detention because of the serious nature of the allegations, along with the immediate threat of harm to the public or himself.

According to the judge, Lane can be held for 15 days in the juvenile detention center.

At this time, Lane has not been charged. The prosecution has until March 1 to formally charge him.

An initial hearing has been scheduled on March 6.

A hearing has also been scheduled for March 19 to determine if Lane will be tried as an adult.

A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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UPDATE 2/28/12 @ 12:57 p.m.
CLEVELAND (AP & WSAZ) - Hospital says a third student wounded in Ohio school shooting has died.

The shooting happened Monday morning at Chardon High School, 30 miles east of Cleveland.

A family attorney has confirmed that the shooting suspect is 17-year-old Thomas "TJ" Lane. Lane is accused of opening fire in the school -- shooting five students.

According to CNN, Demetrius Hewlin, is the name of the third student to died from gunshot wounds.

Hewlin's family says in a statement he was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends.

16-year-old Daniel Parmertor and 17-year-old Russell King, Jr. both died from their injuries.

Joy Rickers and Nick Walczak remain in the hospital. It has been reported that Rickers is in stable condition and Walczak in critical condition.

TJ Lane will make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon at 3:30.

A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

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UPDATE 2/28/12 @ 11:14 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Flags were at half staff Tuesday morning during a press conference about the latest in the investigation into a school shooting in Chardon, Ohio.

The shooting happened Monday morning at Chardon High School, 30 miles east of Cleveland.

A family attorney has confirmed that the shooting suspect is 17-year-old Thomas "TJ" Lane. Lane is accused of opening fire in the school -- shooting five students.

16-year-old Daniel Parmertor and 17-year-old Russell King, Jr. have both died from their injuries.

Three others are still in the hospital. CNN has identified those students at Joy Rickers, Demetrius Hewlin and Nick Walczak. It has been reported that Rickers is in stable condition and the two young men are in critical condition.

At the 11 a.m. press conference, investigators confirmed that at 3:30 p.m. Lane will appear in front of a judge in juvenile court for his first court appearance.

The Geauga County Prosecutor is expected to talk at a 4:30 press conference about the hearing.

During the press conference, Sheriff David McClelland said "Chardon is a special place."

McClelland told the press that he is a Chardon High School grad and that's where he met his wife and it was the "most eerie feeling in the world walking down the halls yesterday."

McClelland says that they must now move to another important phase, including finding out the why, what and who.

He says in this event, Chardon, Geauga County and northeast Ohio has been "rallying like nothing we've ever seen before."

Superintendent of Chardon Schools Joseph Bergant II released the school schedule for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, the staff is asked to come to the school at 9 a.m. Counselors will be available for them to speak with.

Thursday, students and their parents are asked to come to the school at 9 a.m. to speak with counselors.

And Friday, all schools will be open for business, but Bergant II says business will "not be as usual".

Counselors will be available from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at a local church, which is also the setting for a 7 p.m. candlelight vigil.

Bergant II reassured parents, faculty and students that when they return to the school they will be safe and urged parents, "Talk to your children. Don't text them. Don't Facebook them. Talk to them."

A motive for the shooting has not been released, but hopefully more information surrounding that will be known after Tuesday's court hearing.

911 tapes are also expected to be released Tuesday.

Finished the press conference, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said, "I am a hometown boy. We'll take care of Chardon."

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UPDATE 2/28/12 @ 9:10 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ & AP) -- A second student has died after a shooting in a Cleveland suburb Monday morning.

17-year-old Russell King Jr. has been pronounced dead.

16-year-old Daniel Parmertor was also killed when suspect, 17-year-old Thomas "TJ" Lane opened fire in Chardon High School.

The shooting happened about 7:30 Monday morning.

Chardon is about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

Three other students were shot. As of Monday afternoon, a 17-year-old boy was in critical condition and an 18-year-old girl was in stable condition. The other victim is in critical condition as well. Their names have not been released.

TJ Lane turned himself in to authorities shortly after the shooting. He is currently in police custody and is expected to go before a judge Tuesday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

Classes have been canceled at all Chardon schools Tuesday and a candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A press conference with the latest details is scheduled for 11 a.m Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 4:15 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators held a press conference Monday afternoon in regards to a shooting at an Ohio high school early Monday morning.

Thomas "TJ" Lane, 17, is accused of opening fire at Chardon High School -- killing one student and injuring four others.

Chardon is 30 miles east of Cleveland.

Lane turned himself over to authorities shortly after the shooting and is currently detained.

At the 4 p.m. press conference, investigators did not take any questions.

Geauga County Sheriff David McClelland spoke at the press conference and said several years ago local law enforcement started training for an event like this in the case it would ever happen. Thanks to that training -- practice as he called it -- they were able to lessen the tragedy.

"Unfortunately much had occurred before law enforcement's arrival," McClelland said.

The superintendent of the school system also spoke, with much emotion. He said, "There's not a lot you can say when you are responsible for the safety of 3,100 kids."

Counseling has been made available to everyone impacted by the shooting.

Grief Counselor David Boyle said there is "no normal response" to an event like this and asked for everyone to please take advantage of the counseling that will be available.

Boyle said this sort of event is taken in stride and that after the uproar begins the suffering.

Boyle urged residents if they start to feel down or depressed, whether it be next week, next month, or next year to call them.

Classes have been canceled in the entire Chardon School District for Tuesday and a candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The superintendent asked that the support staff at the school to stay home Tuesday as well and take the time to reflect on family. He urged every parent to hug and kiss their family to do so.

Police Chief Tim McKenna says the investigation into Monday's shooting at Chardon High School "is going to be very long."

But McKenna also said, "We are safe."

He confirmed that one student, 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, died from his injuries received in the shooting.

Two other students were life flighted to area hospitals. They are both in critical condition.

Two other students were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. One of those students, a 17-year-old male, is in critical condition. An 18-year-old female is in stable condition.

The 911 tapes from Monday's shooting will be released at some point, but according to the Sheriff's Office, there is a high call volume they have to go through and those will not be released Monday.

Another press conference has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 3:45 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- New information is being released after a shooting at an Ohio high school on Monday.

According to reports on WKYC in Cleveland, the shooting suspect TJ Lane was not a student at Chardon High School where he opened fire about 7:30 Monday morning.

Five students were shot. One of those students, Daniel Parmertor, died from the shooting.

We do know at that 17-year-old male victim is in serious condition. An 18-year-old female victim is in stable condition. The names of the victims are not being released.

According to reports on WKYC, four of the five victims, along with Lane were students at a local career center and they went to Chardon to catch the bus to the career center.

Chardon is 30 miles east of Cleveland.

A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 1:36 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Investigators have released the name of the suspect in a shooting at an Ohio high school Monday morning, along with the name of one of his victims.

WKYC in Cleveland reports that TJ (Thomas) Lane, 17, is the shooting suspect. He is accused of going into Chardon High School Monday morning and opening fire, shooting five of his fellow students.

Lane fled the scene and turned himself in a short time later and is in custody at this time.

One of the five victims has died. WKYC reports his name is Daniel Parmertor.

Parmertor's family released a statement to WKYC that said, "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."

At this time, a 17-year-old male victim is in serious condition. An 18-year-old female victim is in stable condition. The names of the victims are not being released.

The victims were found in three separate locations at the school.

A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 12:52 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A student who witnessed a deadly Ohio school shooting says it appeared the gunman was targeting a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table.

Freshman Danny Komertz says he was just about to leave for his first-period health class Monday when he heard a loud popping sound and then saw the gunman open fire.

He says one student ,who authorities say was killed, was trying to get under a table to protect himself and shield his face.

Komertz says the shooter was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied.

The 15-year-old Komertz says that there were at least 100 students in the cafeteria at the time and that most fled immediately as shots were fired.

According to reports from outside one of the hospitals, a 17-year-old boy is in critical condition and an 18-year-old girl is in stable condition after being shot. The extent of their injuries are not being released.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 12:06 p.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- One of five students shot at a high school Monday morning, 30 miles east of Cleveland, has died.

That news was announced during a press conference at noon on Monday.

The shooting happened about 7:30 Monday morning at Chardon High School.

The gunman, a student at the school, turned himself in to authorities shortly after the shooting. His name has not been released.

Five students were shot at three different locations in the school. The gunman opened fire in the cafeteria.

No word on the conditions on the four surviving students.

Grief counselors will be at the school Monday afternoon and a candlelight vigil is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

Another press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m Monday.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 11:52 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Students are starting to speak out about a shooting at their school Monday morning.

The shooting happened about 7:30 a.m. at Chardon High School, 30 miles east of Cleveland.

One student spoke with WKYC and told them that he was actually grazed by one of the bullets in the cafeteria. He had a marking on the top of his ear where the bullet flew by him.

The student told WKYC that he was friends with the shooter until 8th grade and that he never thought he would hurt anyone.

Five students were shot and life flighted to local hospitals. No word on their conditions.

The suspect turned himself in to police a short time after the shooting.

A press conference is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 11:03 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has issued a statement after Monday's shooting at an Ohio high school.

"Today's shooting is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families as well as the entire student body and staff at Chardon High School," DeWine said.

DeWine also said, "The Attorney General's Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is on the scene and will be assisting local law enforcement in processing the crime scene. BCI and our office will do all we can to help in this investigation."

The shooting happened about 7:30 Monday morning at Chardon High School, 30 miles east of Cleveland.

According to WKYC in Cleveland, five students were shot and life flighted to local hospitals. The shootings started in the cafeteria. The students were found in three different locations. Their conditions are not being released.

It is being reported that the gunman used a handgun in the shooting. The suspect was also a student at the school. In a press conference Monday morning, the gunman surrendered to authorities.

It is being reported that a teacher forced the gunman out of the school.

Another press conference is scheduled for noon.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 10:50 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A student who was just feet away when a gunman opened fire at an Ohio high school says a normal morning was interrupted by strange sounds in a hallway, then the sight of the gunman beginning to shoot.

Heather Ziska says she was in the Chardon High School outside cafeteria Monday at about 7:30 a.m. when she and other students began hearing popping noises in a nearby hallway.

The 17-year-old junior says she then saw a boy with a gun who she recognized as a fellow student come into the cafeteria and start shooting.

Officials say five students were wounded, but the extent of their injuries wasn't released.

She says she and several others immediately ran outside, while other friends ran into a middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers' lounge.

Another student, senior Jonathan Sylak, was near the cafeteria when he heard loud popping noises followed by people screaming and beginning to run.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 10:37 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- It is now being reported that there were five people injured in a shooting at an Ohio high school Monday morning.

The shooting happened about 7:30 Monday morning at Chardon High School, 30 miles east of Cleveland.

WKYC in Cleveland is reporting that all five victims were students. No word on their conditions. They were taken to two local hospitals.

It is also being reported that the gunman was a student at the school and that he took off after the shooting but turned himself in a short time later. There are reports that the gunman was forced out of the school by a teacher.

WKYC says the shooting started in the cafeteria and the victims were found in three different locations in the school.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 10:25 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio Governor John Kasich has issued a statement following a shooting at an Ohio high school Monday.

The shooting happened at Chardon High School, 30 miles east of Cleveland, about 7:30 a.m.

Four students were injured and taken to a local hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

The gunman is in custody. No word if he is a student.

Governor Kasich said, "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.”

The FBI is helping in the investigation and they are currently collecting evidence from the school.

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UPDATE 2/27/12 @ 9:24 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- During a short press conference Monday morning investigators in Chardon, Ohio said one person is in custody after a shooting at a high school.

The shooting was reported just after 7:30 a.m. at Chardon High School. Chardon is about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

During the press conference, Scott Wilson with the FBI said four students were injured in the shooting and have been transported to a local hospital.

"We hope that they are ok. We pray that they're ok," Wilson said. The students' conditions have not been released.

Wilson said one male is in custody and at this time they don't believe there is more than one gunman. They are not releasing at this time if the gunman is a student.

The school is no longer on lock down and students are being taken to a nearby elementary school. Students that drove to the school are allowed to leave and drive home. If students did not drive, they are allowed to leave with parents or legal guardians.

According to reports from WKYC in Cleveland, several parents are waiting to pick up their children and the line is snaking around the school. They also report that parents have left their cars abandoned on the side of the road near the school in a rush to get their children.

Investigators are on scene at this time collecting evidence.

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/27/12 @ 9:20 a.m.
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A sheriff's office is confirming a shooting
at a northeastern Ohio high school.

Civil Deputy Erin Knife with the Geauga County Sheriff's Office
says the shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. Monday at Chardon High School.

Knife says she doesn't have the number of victims yet, and says
a single person suspected in the shooting has left the school but
is not in custody.

Schools in the area are locked down.

Chardon is about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

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