UPDATE: The deceased student has been identified by the MetroHealth Medical Center as Daniel Parmertor. We are shocked by this senseless tragedy, Parmertor's family said in a statement released by the hospital. 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.
One student has died following the Chardon High School shooting this morning, a tragedy that has left four others injured and the shooter in custody.
There is one deceased student, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna said at a news conference. That's the sad news for all of us today.
The gunman reportedly opened fire in the school cafeteria where students were having breakfast at around 7:30 a.m., using a handgun to take down his victims. Although police have not yet identified the gunman, students report that the shooter was a fellow student, with some identifying him as an outcast who kept to himself and was in frequent trouble at school.
The shooter was chased out of the building by a teacher and later turned himself in.
Our prayers go out to the five victims and their families, a choked up School Superintendent Jospeh Bergant said the news conference. It's a horrible tragedy.
Two of the student injured in the shooting, a boy and a girl, were taken to Hillcrest Hospital, spokeswoman Heather Phillips told CNN. One was in serious condition, the other in stable condition.
Three other students were taken by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center, according to hospital representative Shannon Mortland. It is not clear where the fatally injured student was taken.
'He said he was going to bring a gun.'
Evan Erasmus, a Chardon High School senior who says he saw the shooting take place, said the victims may have been part of nearby Auburn Career Center High School, eating in the cafeteria while waiting for a bus to take them there.
According to Erasmus, the suspect may have posted a threatening message on Twitter before the shooting, warning of the imminent attack.
I think he said that he was going to bring a gun to school, Erasmus told CNN. I think that everyone just blew it off like he was joking.
'We're not that kind of place.'
Police have recovered the handgun used in the Chardon High School shooting and have given to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for examination.
A law enforcement source said that the Geauga County sheriff's office and federal agents were executing search warrants in the case, but the official did not provide locations or any further details.
Other students, meanwhile, insist that the shooter gave no warning, and that they are shocked that the attack happened at their school.
I did ask her [my daughter], about the third or fourth text in, if she had any indication that something was going to break out, local mom Teresa Hunt told CNN. She said, 'No, this was sudden. I had heard nothing.' Her friends had heard nothing also.
We're not that kind of place where it happens, Erasmus added. It's really shocking.
School Violence Has Long, Bloody History
The Chardon High School shooting is part of a decades-long history of school violence on high school and college campuses, ranging from incidents like isolated stabbings to the mass murders at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech.
Teenagers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher in Littleton, Colo. in April 1999 before they killed themselves in the library at Columbine High School.
Seung-Hui Cho, meanwhile, killed 32 students and staff members and wounded 25 others at Virginia Tech before turning his weapon on himself in April, 2007. Cho professed admiration for Klebold and Harris before the shooting spree.
Not all school killings, however. are carried out by students. Charles Roberts IV, 32, took 11 girls hostage at a small Amish school in Pennsylvania in October 2006. He killed five of them before committing suicide.