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Shooter killed one and wounded four in school in Cleveland suburb

CHARDON, Ohio | February 27, 2012

A shooter killed one student and wounded four others Monday at a high school in the Cleveland suburb of Chardon, authorities said.

The alleged gunman, a teenager, was taken into custody, police said.

The shots were fired at Chardon High School, about 35 miles east of Cleveland.

Chardon Police Chief Timothy McKenna confirmed at a news conference one of the students died. He did not identify the victim and would not discuss the extent of the injures of the other four students.

WEWS-TV, Cleveland, said a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl were taken by helicopter to Hillcrest Hospital. Three other victims were were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.

McKenna said the alleged shooter was chased out of the building by a teacher and then turned himself in to two bystanders.

Police aren't releasing the name of the alleged gunman but The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer has identified the teen as T.J. Lane and said Lane was in the cafeteria waiting for a bus to take him to a school in Willoughby, Ohio, that offers vocational skills training for at-risk students.

High school junior Nate Mueller said he was grazed by a bullet above his right ear when the alleged gunman opened fire in the cafeteria. Mueller said he was sitting at his regular table with his friends, waiting for a bus to take him to culinary arts classes at Auburn Career Center.

"My friends were crawling on the floor, and one of my friends was bent over the table, and he was shot," Nate told The Plain Dealer. "It was almost like a firecracker went off. I turned around and saw (T.J) standing with a gun and I saw him take a shot."

Chardon junior Bernie Hupp told the newspaper he was in a classroom when he and other students heard three shots.

"My teacher ran back into the room," Hupp said. "His eyes were almost crying."

He said the teacher locked the door to the classroom and gathered all the students into a group at the back of the room, where they could not be seen from the door.

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