Frank Hall and Joseph Ricci helped to prevent an even worse tragedy from occurring at Chardon High School.
Of killing three students.
Teenager T.J. Lane was charged Thursday accused of killing three fellow students in a shooting Monday at Chardon High School in Ohio. The 17-year-old is accused of three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, and one count of felonious assault. The charges were filed in Geauga Country juvenile court, but he could still be charged as an adult—a move that the prosecutor has made clear he intends to pursue.
As cutoff nears for charging shooting suspect.
Prosecutors in the Chardon, Ohio, school-shooting case have until Thursday to file charges against teenage suspect T.J. Lane for the murder of three Chardon High School students Monday morning. Two other students were seriously wounded, and prosecutors have said that Lane will likely be charged for aggravated murder. It is expected that prosecutors will seek to have Lane tried as an adult. Grief counselors will be present at the 1,100-student Chardon High Thursday as faculty along with students and their parents are encouraged to return to the school. Classes are scheduled to recommence Friday.
As students fled the gunfire in Chardon High School’s cafeteria on Monday morning, assistant football coach Frank Hall ran right into danger—and chased shooter T.J. Lane out of the building. Locals tell Michael Daly of Hall’s bravery.
Assistant football coach Frank Hall did what anybody who knows him would have expected him to do when gunfire suddenly erupted in the Chardon High School cafeteria on Monday morning.
Hall ran straight into the most mortal danger, all 350 righteous pounds of him, fearless and selfless in his faith in the Almighty and in his devotion to the kids. He pursued the 17-year-old gunman from the cafeteria.
“The kid turned and took a couple shots at him,” reports fellow assistant football coach Don Navatsyk, adding of Hall, “I think he ducked behind a vending machine.”
Hall could have just stayed behind cover, but then he would not have been Frank Hall. The 38-year-old remained magnificently himself until he had chased the gunman out of the building.
Back in the cafeteria, a 17-year-old and two 16-year-olds lay mortally wounded around the table where they had been sitting when T.J. Lane pulled a .22 caliber pistol from a bag and walked up behind them. Lane had wounded two other students, one of whom was pulled to the safety of a classroom by a brave teacher named Joseph Ricci. The gunman may very well have shot more innocents had Hall not kept after him. Hall’s lone comment afterward was precisely in character.
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“I wish I could have done more.”
His courage was extraordinary, but he was the most likely of heroes, for his actions were exactly in keeping with the rest of his life. Locals who speak of his bravery on Monday also recall that he had been a star lineman in his own high school years, known even then for his decency and dedication.
Suspect will likely be tried as adult.
A high-school junior is the third student pronounced dead after a student gunman opened fire at Ohio’s Chardon High School yesterday. Demetrius Hewlin was a “happy young man who loved life,” his family said in a statement. The suspect, identified by witnesses as 17-year-old T.J. Lane although police have not yet named him, will likely face charges as an adult, Ohio’s attorney general said Tuesday. A motive remains unclear; witnesses say the boy shot several students from behind in the school’s cafeteria Monday morning.
Students will return to school Thursday.
Police and school officials held a press conference late Tuesday morning to announce the passing of Russell King, 17, the second student to die as a result of the shooting at Chardon High School Monday. King reportedly passed in the early hours of Tuesday morning after being declared brain dead. Joe Bergant, superintendent of schools for the insular Ohio town of 5,000, said that faculty and staff would return to work Wednesday and “students and their parents” were invited to return Thursday. By Friday, schools would be “open for business” Bergant said. “Certainly not as usual.” He said counselors would be on hand for students and faculty. Chardon Chief of Police Tim McKenna also spoke, saying that investigations into the shooting are ongoing. “I cannot provide you a motive for this,” McKenna said. The next press update will be held at 4:30 p.m.
Father had multiple arrests.
A review of court records in Geauga County, Ohio, shows that the family of T.J. Lane, the teenager who was identified by fellow students and his family’s lawyer as the shooter at Chardon High School Monday, had a history of violence. Lane’s father was reportedly arrested multiple times for violence against women, including against Lane’s mother. Between 1995 and 1997, Lane’s mother and father faced charges for committing acts of domestic violence against each other, and Lane’s father was charged with assaulting a police officer. The man also served time for attempting to suffocate a woman he married after Lane’s mother. The current relationship between father and son is not known. Another student at the school told ABC News that Lane was "a quiet kid...He just went about his business."
Shooter killed another, wounded three.
A 17-year-old student has been pronounced brain dead one day after the high-school shooting that killed another 16-year-old and left three others wounded. School has been canceled in Chardon, Ohio, while police continued their investigation into the shooting. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence reported that the shooting was the worst at a U.S. high school in 11 months. While police have not yet identified the shooter, local media outlets as well as the young man’s family’s lawyer have identified him as T.J. Lane. Lane was first identified as the shooter to media by fellow students.
That left at least one dead and injured four.
T.J. Lane, who is suspected to have opened fire at Chardon High School in Ohio—killing one (there were reports of a second death) and injuring three or four others—may have had his chilling attack videotaped by surveillance cameras, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. According to someone who has viewed the video, Lane sat down by himself at a table, then pulled out a .22-caliber handgun from his backpack. He walked behind classmates who were waiting for a bus and then opened fire. He hit one student in the back, another in the back of the head, and another “several times.” A football coach chased Lane as he ran for the door, while students fled for cover. Lane then headed for the school’s exit, and on the way fired at a female student who was pulled into a classroom by a teacher.
Read the chilling Facebook letter that alleged Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane posted on Dec. 30, 2011.
In a time long since, a time of repent, The Renaissance. In a quaint lonely town, sits a man with a frown. No job. No family. No crown. His luck had run out. Lost and alone. The streets were his home. His thoughts would solely consist of "why do we exist?" His only company to confide in was the vermin in the street. He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet. They too should feel his secret fear. The dismal drear. His pain had made him sincere. He was better than the rest, allthose ones he detests, within their castles, so vain. Selfish and conceited. They couldn't care less about the peasents they mistreated. They were in their own world, it was a joyous one too. That castle, she stood just to do all she could to keep the peasents at bay, not the enemy away. They had no enemies in their filthy orgy. And in her, the castles every story, was just another chamber of Lucifer's Laboratory. The world is a sandbox for all the wretched sinners. They simply create what they want and make themselves the winners. But the true winner, he has nothing at all. Enduring the pain of waiting for that castle to fall. Through his good deeds, the rats and the fleas. He will have for what he pleads, through the eradication of disease. So, to the castle he proceeds, like an ominous breeze through the trees. "Stay back!" The Guards screamed as they were thrown to their knees. "Oh God, have mercy, please!" The castle, she gasped and then so imprisoned her breath, to the shallow confines of her fragile chest. I'm on the lamb but I ain't no sheep. I am Death. And you have always been the sod. So repulsive and so odd. You never even deserved the presence of God, and yet, I am here. Around your cradle I plod. Came on foot, without shod. How improper, how rude. However, they shall not mind the mud on my feet if there is blood on your sheet. Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you.
One student dead, four others wounded in Ohio.
As Chardon, Ohio, reels from a horrific high-school shooting this morning, one student who says he was sitting with some of the victims identified the shooter as a schoolmate, 17-year-old T.J. Lane. Lane allegedly opened fire in the cafeteria of Chardon High School at around 7:30 a.m., striking five students. WOIO reported that two died later in the day at a local hospital and a third is listed in critical condition. The witness, Nate Mueller, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he saw Lane silently moving about the cafeteria shooting at other students. Mueller was hit in the right ear, but managed to escape and call 911. Lane is said to be in custody and cooperating with investigators. Another student told CNN that Lane “came from a really broken-down home and he was living with his grandparents.”
One parent told a CNN affiliate that the shooter was not firing randomly but was “going for certain people.”
The 1,000-student school was locked down for much of the morning, and then the rest of the students were evacuated to another building nearby. The shooting took place in Chardon, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich released a statement praising local law enforcement and asking for prayers for the injured.
WOIO reports that the gunman was a 17-year-old student and that he was chased out of the school by a teacher before being apprehended by bystanders and cooperating with police.
One student describes the horrific scene he witnessed inside Chardon High School where five people were shot Monday.
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Read the tweets from students at Chardon High School who witnessed the nightmarish scene.
Read the chilling Facebook letter that alleged Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane posted on Dec. 30, 2011.