An armed student opened fire Monday morning at Chardon High School's cafeteria near Cleveland, Ohio, killing one student. Four other students are wounded.
T.J. Lane, who was identified by several students and one of the victims as the shooter, has been taken into custody by police. Officers locked down the school to ensure the students' safety.
According to CNN, the wounded students were taken to the hospital by helicopter. Initial reports said that two gunmen were involved in the shooting, but school superintendent Joseph Bergant dispelled those rumors. ""My understanding is there was one gunman," he said.
Daniel Parmentour has been identified as the dead student, says the New York Times. Parmentour's parents released a statement to a local television affiliate, saying they were "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.”
Chardon High School student Danny Komertz said he saw Lane point a gun directly at the group of students before he shot them. "He wasn't shooting around the cafeteria at all. He was directly aiming at the four of them," Komertz told CNN.
ABC News reports that Lane is now in custody at the Geauga County Safety Center. County sheriff Daniel McClelland was pleased with officers' reaction to the shooting, saying that "a prompt entry was made into the school. They went into the school and located the victims."
At about 7:45 in the morning, the Chardon Fire Department responded to a report of "several people shot" at the high school, department inspector William Crowley said. Police proceeded to make a perimeter around the school and launched a search for the suspect.
Classes at all schools in the Chardon distract were cancelled. Students still on school buses were taken back home. Parents were called to pick up their students who were already at school.
Chardon is a small city of about 5,100 people. The high school has about 1,150 students, which is next to the city's middle and elementary schools. The town is about 35 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio.