Chardon High School Shooting, Asst. Football Coach Credited as Hero

By Scott Sarvay
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March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 1:53 PM EDT

CHARDON, Ohio (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Shooting suspect, 17-year-old TJ Lane, was charged with juvenile counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder and assault on Thursday.

An assistant football coach is being credited as a hero for reportedly chasing Lane from the school.

Assistant Football Coach Frank Hall said, “I don't know why this happened. I only wish I could have done more. I'm not a hero. I'm just a football coach and a study hall teacher.”

Reports say prosecutors will seek to move TJ Lane's case to adult court during a hearing on March 19th.

The first survivor, 18-year-old Joy Rickers, was released from the hospital one day after the shooting took place. The remaining survivor Nick Walczak remains in serious condition.

The school superintendent said that a total of five students were injured during the shooting and of those five three have died.

Just after noon on Monday, Police Chief Tim McKenna said that one of the injured students, 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, had died from his injuries. Early Tuesday morning a second victim, 17-year-old Russell King Jr., was pronounced "brain dead" and early Tuesday afternoon 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin became the third victim to succumb to his injuries and pass away.

The student gunman, T.J. Lane, turned himself in shortly after the shooting and was taken into custody.

According to WKYC area roads were jammed with parents trying to reach the high school, with many abandoning their cars and walking to the school.

Ohio Governor John Kasich issued the following statement following news of the shooting:

“Please join me in praying for the students who’ve been injured in this horrible crime. Praise goes to the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff’s office for quickly getting this situation under control. I’ve pledged Ohio’s full support to them, the school and the local community in this difficult time.”




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