A student who is described as the bullied outcast opened fire in the cafeteria of the Chardon High School on Monday, February 27, 2012. Killing one student and injuring another four students that were waiting in the cafeteria to board the bus for Auburn. The shooter was caught and taken into custody. Police recovered a handgun and gave it to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for investigation.
A spokeswoman for Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights which is a suburb of Cleveland told CNN that one of the students that was taken there was in serious condition while the other was in stable condition. Three of the other students that were shot were flown to the trauma center at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. One student who was shot in the Chardon High School has been identified by his family and has passed away, unfortunately.
Daniel Parmertor’s family said in a statement released by MetroHealth Medical Center, “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.”
Shannon Mortland, MetroHealth hospital said in a statement at 4 p.m. that the other two were in critical condition.
A student who witnessed the Ohio shooting was standing a few feet away said it appeared the gunman was targeting a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table and the one who was killed was trying to duck under the table.
Another student, 15-year-old Danny Komertz, who saw the Ohio school shooting said, “I looked up and this kid was pointing a gun about 10 feet away from me to a group of four kids sitting at a table. The gunman fired two shots quickly, and students scrambled for safety. One of them was kind of like hiding, trying to get underneath the table, trying to hide, protecting his face.” He added, “I just can’t believe it. I don’t think it’s real. And I just, it kills me that I saw someone hiding, and now that someone is now dead.”
Erasmus told CNN that he had just arrived to English class when the Ohio school shooting started to happen, “All of a sudden, one of the administrators got on the announcements and yelled, ‘Lockdown!’ All of a sudden, all the doors started slamming. You could hear them slam. And we all turned off the lights, and we headed towards the corner.”
Komertz was walking with his friends when he heard a pop. He said he looked up and saw a boy he did not recognize, holding a gun, pointing it at a group of four students in the cafeteria. “He just fired two quick shots at them. I saw one student fall, and I saw the other hiding, trying to get cover underneath the table.”
According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Ohio Chardon High School shooting is the worst at a U.S. high school in 11 months and the worst in Ohio since late 2007.
The town Chardon, Ohio has around 5,100 people.