Chardon (OH) High School Shooter Escapes Prison - Updated
(Allen County, Ohio)
Convicted Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane, who is serving a life sentence for killing three fellow students at his high school in 2012, has escaped from prison, the Lima Police Department said Thursday evening.Lane escaped wearing his prison uniform.
Officers were searching the neighborhoods on the north end of the city, which is located about 90 miles northwest of Columbus.
"All available troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol have been joined by Allen County Sheriff's deputies and local area law enforcement in establishing a perimeter and searching the area," said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born. "A Patrol helicopter with advanced infrared detection equipment has been deployed and is engaged in the search as well."
Shooter at Chardon (OH) High School Gets Life - Updated
[Previous 3/20/13 post]
(Chardon, Ohio) Last month, Thomas Lane III pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted murder and felonious assault. Yesterday, Lane entered Geauga County Common Pleas Court wearing a blue shirt which he immediately removed and displayed a white T-shirt emblazoned with "KILLER" in black marker.
And then Lane, 18, also known as “T.J.,” did not stop smirking — even after Judge David L. Fuhry sentenced him to three life terms without parole for shooting six students at Chardon High School.A lifetime in prison will give Lane adequate opportunity to critique his crimes and behavior.
“The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory,” he told the victims’ family members in attendance. “F--- all of you.”
Lane then stuck his left middle finger up at the packed court.
Shooting at Chardon(OH) High School - Updated
[Previous 2/28/12 post]
[Update 3:00PM, 2/28] A third victim has died. Demetrius Hewlin, 16, who had been in critical condition, died Tuesday morning.
Just announced at 11:00AM (2/28) press conference.
Chardon Schools are closed today. According to Superintendent Joseph Bergant, plans are to reopen schools tomorrow for faculty and staff but regular classes will not resume until Friday.
According to Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna, two students have died, 17-year-old Russell King, Jr. and 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor.
Three students, Demetrius Hewlin, Joy Rickers, and Nickolas Walczak are still hospitalized.
As a local resident, I have seen the emotional equivalent of a sucker punch planted on the people and communities throughout northeast Ohio. There is a blanket of time-stopping sadness over the area. Virtually every friend and acquaintance of mine has some connection to Chardon, Chardon Schools, the student body, or the faculty.
Later today the alleged perpetrator, T.J. Lane, will be in court, presumably to face two counts of murder.
Shooting at Chardon(OH) High School - Updated
[Previous 2/27/12 post]
[Update 1:02PM] Suspect shooter has been identified as T.J. Lane.
[Update 1205PM] One victim reportedly died.
[Update 1145AM] (Chardon, Ohio) It's now reported that five students were shot by one gunman, a 17-year-old male student.
Three victims were lifeflighted to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Two victims were taken to Hillcrest Hospital in eastern Cuyahoga County. Awaiting hospital reports on victims' conditions.
Local media is reporting a jumble of unconfirmed information. One student allegedly shot five times. A minimum of 10 shots reportedly fired. No confirmation yet.
Sketchy information is being reported about possible warning on Internet social media, Twitter and Facebook, before the shootings. Allegedly the student gunman posted pictures of himself holding guns and a placard indicating his intentions.
The gunman was reportedly chased from the school by a teacher. According to the Geauga County Sheriff, the gunman surrendered to "innocent bystanders" outside the school. The suspect is now in custody at the Chardon Detention Center.
Shooting at Ohio High School - Updated
[Previous 0853AM post]
(Chardon, Ohio) For the time being, the shooter remains at large.
At least four students have been injured in a shooting this morning at Chardon High School. The shooter has not been found.More later….
Geauga County Sheriff's spokesman John Hiscox confirmed there had been a shooting in the school, but would give no details shortly after 8 this morning.
A local official confirmed the number of students. A local official said three boys and a girl were injured. Four ambulances, from Chardon, Kirtland, Burton and Chesterland, are waiting at the door of the high school at 8:15 a.m.
Little information has been made available. Chardon police and sheriff's officials said the school was on lockdown. Parents are crowding just off school grounds.
The shooting happened in the cafeteria, according to a waiting parent, Jessica Bryant, whose daughter, Allison, a freshman who had seen it and texted her.
[Update 1000AM] Chardon High School is on lockdown. Local media reporting that there were two gunmen who seemingly targeted specific students at 0740AM. Three boys and one girl were shot and are hospitalized. Three are reportedly in critical condition. The FBI is on scene.
An alleged shooter, a male student, has been apprehended.
Gov. John Kasich has issued a statement of support, pledging all necessary state resources.
All incident details need confirmation.