The tragic events of yesterday morning at Chardon High School are continuing to resonate among community members. Hugh Shannon, spokesperson for The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office says that Russell King Jr., 17, of Chardon, is being kept alive by machines.
This comes one day after another classmate, Daniel Parmertor, was pronounced dead as a result of injuries he sustained in the shootings. King was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, along with 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, who was the first to die. One other shooting victim was taken to the same hospital and last reported to be in critical condition.
Two other students were taken to Hillcrest Hospital. An 18 year old girl and a 17 year old boy. Hillcrest Hospital representatives the boy was in serious condition and the girl is in stable condition.
Conflicting reports have indicated that the alleged shooter was Thomas (TJ) Lane. Initial reports indicated Lane was a student at Chardon High School while other reports indicate he is a student at Lake Academy, a school for “at-risk” students.
Nate Mueller, a student sitting with three of the victims in the cafeteria stated, “Russell didn’t move at all because I don’t think he really knew. That shot I saw TJ take as I turned around had hit Russell and he was over the table in like a puddle of blood. I heard three (shots). The initial one that made me look, the one that I believe hit either Russell or Demitrius and then the third one that hit me.”
During a press conference yesterday, police said the gunman turned himself in after a male teacher chased him out of the building.
Grief counselors are available today at the Chardon Middle School for any students, friends, family and community members seeking support. The Chardon community is doing what they know best – coming together for the benefit of all.
Additional information on yesterday’s events can be found by clicking here.
Two grieving experts with Cornerstone of Hope talk to Kristi and Wayne on Fox 8 about helping students deal with death.