Ohio High School Shooting Suspect Identified
CHARDON, Ohio (KDKA) — A student has been arrested in wake of a deadly high school shooting in Ohio.
Witnesses identified the shooter as T.J. Lane. He was chased out of the building by a teacher and later arrested. He is in police custody.
People who knew Lane said he was quiet and never bothered anyone, but was influenced by a Gothic lifestyle.
Sources tell KDKA-TV the gunman may have been jealous that one of the victims was dating his ex-girlfriend who was homeschooled.
The shooting happened in the cafeteria of a high school in Chardon, Ohio – about 30 minutes east of Cleveland in Geauga County.
“You see glances of your friends laying all over the place, there’s blood, there’s people screaming, everybody’s running in different directions, and you’re just trying to get out,” Nate Mueller said.
Mueller says he was three-feet away when the gunman fired shots at his table. Mueller was grazed in the ear by a bullet.
“It felt like a BB almost – a pellet gun or something of that sort,” he said. “It almost didn’t feel real.”
Five other students were hit by gunfire. Daniel Parmertor, 18, died at a Cleveland hospital. Four others, including a female, were injured. Two of them are listed in critical condition. One of them is in serious condition and a fourth is in stable condition.
“Our prayers go out to the five victims and their families first and foremost and again, we shift our mode into looking at them, we feel so disheartened,” Chardon Schools Supt. Joe Bergant said.
During the chaos, some students ran for the door while others crawled on the floor. The school was immediately put on lockdown. Hundreds of parents showed up to take their children home.
Classes at Chardon area schools are canceled for Tuesday and several candlelight vigils are scheduled throughout the community this week.