Ohio Authorities are not releasing the name of a teen suspected to be the gunman in a shooting at an Ohio high school on Monday morning, because he is a juvenile, and has not yet been charged, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said during a news conference Monday. The shooting killed one student and injured four others. Students have been reunited with their parents and the community is safe.
One of the four victims is in critical condition and undergoing surgery. A 17-year-old boy is in serious condition, an 18-year-old girl is stable and the condition of the fourth injured student is not known. The family of slain 16-year-old high schooler Daniel Parmentor has stated, “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.”
Other students were also injured in the Ohio shooting. All have been taken to area hospitals. The preparedness of the school was phenomenal. Immediately the school was placed on lockdown after the incident reportedly occurred at 7:30 a.m., just before classes were to begin. Students were soon evacuated from the school and transported to a nearby elementary school to be released to parents, WOIO reports. Other schools in the area were also immediacy placed on lockdown.
One student gunman has been taken into custody and weapons have been recovered. WYTV reports that the suspect was located by following his tracks in the snow. Initial reports suspected a second shooter, but the FBI believes there was only one gunman who was likely a male student, according to WKYC.
A parent told The Plain Dealer that the shooting occurred while students were eating breakfast in the cafeteria. A boy “stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos,” parent Jeannette Roth said. A teacher saw the shooting occur and chased the suspect, who still escaped.
About 1,100 students attend Chardon High, and all classes in the Chardon school district have been canceled for the day.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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