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Ohio school shootings: Two students in critical condition; 1 dead

February 27, 2012|By Michael Muskal
  • Chardon School Supt. Joe Bergant speaks at a news conference . One student was killed in a shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio earlier in the day; four others were injured.
Chardon School Supt. Joe Bergant speaks at a news conference . One student… (David Dermer/Getty Images )

Two students shot in an attack on a suburban Ohio high school remained in critical condition Monday afternoon, hours after a classmate opened fire, officials said. One student was killed in the attack; a total of four were injured.

At an afternoon news conference, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna identified the slain student as Daniel Parmertor. The two Chardon High School students in critical condition were at one hospital, he said. Of the other students injured in the attack, one was in serious condition, and one was in stable condition.

Officials refused to identify the gunman, who was arrested outside the school, saying he was still being treated as a juvenile. No formal charges have been lodged against him.

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The shooting shocked Chardon, a small town about 30 miles from Cleveland. Grief counselors were on the scene, and a candlelight vigil was planned for nearby St. Mary’s Church, said Chardon School Supt. Joseph Bergant at the televised news conference.

No classes will be held Tuesday, said Bergant, who urged everyone in the town of about 5,100 to think about family in the wake of shooting.

“I hope every parent, if you haven’t hugged and kissed your kid in the last couple of days, you will take that time,” Bergant said. “It’s a sad day for us.”

The first emergency call came at 7:38 a.m.,  McKenna said. After the shooting, the suspect was forced out of the building by a teacher and later apprehended.

As is common in these types of shooting, questions arose about security at the school. There are no metal detectors at the building.

But Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland said police and school officials have held drills, “practice, if you would, for an event just like today. As a result of that, we were well prepared for the response.”

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