Three Killed, Two Injured in Ohio School Shooting [UPDATED]
[UPDATED | 10:18 a.m. February 28, 2012 Two more students died at the hospital Tuesday morning from gunshot wounds after a gunman opened fire Monday morning at Chardon High School in Ohio. Another student died during the shooting and two more victims remain hospitalized.]
The two students that died Tuesday were identified as Chardon High School students Demetrius Hewlin and 17-year-old Russell King, Jr.
The suspect of the shooting faces a juvenile court hearing Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, classes have been cancelled until Friday and the Chardon community offers grief counseling for students, family members, and staff among local schools.
According to a recent release from the The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, witnesses and one of the shooting victims have identified the gunman as T.J. Lane.
Officials said the shooting began at about 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria of the high school as students were eating breakfast.
Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland told reporters in a televised news conference that the shooter was apparently chased from the building by a teacher.
McClelland said all of the shootings happened in the cafeteria where the incident began, but victims were found scattered in at least three different areas.
In an interview with the Associated Press, one student said it appeared that the gunman was targeting a certain group of students who had been sitting together. He says he saw one student-- who authorities say was killed-- trying to crawl under a table to shield himself.
A Cleveland hospital has identified the slain student as Daniel Parmertor, an aspiring computer repairman who had been waiting for the bus to take him to a vocational center.
Parmertor's family issued a statement saying, "We are shocked by this senseless tragedy. Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him."
One of Parmertor's teachers said she has no idea why he may have been targeted since he was "a very good young man, very quiet."
The student says that the gunman was known among students as an outcast and may have had a history as a victim of bullying.
Another student at Chardon High told CNN affiliate WEWS-TV that the gunman had posted a threatening message on Twitter on the night preceding the attack, but that many students had not considered the threat credible.
McClelland said to WJK-TV that a K-9 unit tracked the suspect "some distance from the school" near his car and that he is now in police custody.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they have been given a handgun from the shooting scene by police and will run an emergency trace on it. The ATF has joined with the Geauga County sheriff's office to execute searches in the case.
By midday, officers had blocked off a road in a heavily wooded area several miles from the school and had agents patrolling a muddy driveway which led to several homes and ponds, while others combed over a snowy hillside. They have not issued a statement about what they were searching for, but a police dog was brought in to help patrol.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.