The suspect, identified by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as student TJ Lane, allegedly went on a shooting spree at Chardon High School around 7:30 this morning. This is absolutely horrifying and disgusting in many ways. Check out the photos, video and details here…
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TJ Lane, the student who allegedly opened fire on his classmates in Chardon High School’s cafeteria, was targeting a group of people according to a student who witnessed the shootings. The deadly shooting spree has left one dead and four more injured.
Freshman Danny Komertz, 15, told the Associated Press he was just about to leave for his first-period health class when he heard a loud popping sound and then saw the gunman open fire. Danny Komertz said that TJ Lane was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied.
Junior Nate Mueller was hit in the right ear as bullets went flying. Nate Mueller was able to run from the cafeteria and hide behind a car before dialing 911.
Student Evan Erasmus told officials that the alleged shooter posted a message on Twitter stating he was going to bring a gun with him to Chardon High, but that no one took him seriously.
Police say that Lane is now in custody after a brave teacher chased him out of the school. Authorities used a K-9 unit to track down the suspect, who was found about a half mile from the school, not far from his car.
FBI officials confirm they believe that TJ Lane was allegedly the only person involved in the attack. They are currently doing a thorough investigation of Lane’s home and the surrounding area for any evidence. There is no motive so far on what triggered the shooting spree.
Student Joshua Roth was in the cafeteria this morning and told his mother Jeannette that a boy ‘stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos,’ Fox8 News reported. Another parent told Fox8 news that five to ten shots were fired in total, according to his son. The boy was in the cafeteria at the time. Students were quickly evacuated to a middle school across the street.