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1 dead, 4 wounded in US high school shooting


Published : Feb. 28, 2012 - 10:16

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CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at his suburban high school Monday, killing one student and wounding four others before he was chased from the building by a teacher and captured a short distance away, authorities said.

A student who saw the attack up close said it appeared that the gunman targeted a group of students sitting together and that the one who was killed was gunned down while trying to duck under the cafeteria table.

FBI officials would not comment on a motive. And Police Chief Tim McKenna said authorities ``have a lot of homework to do yet'' in their investigation of the shooting, which sent students screaming through the halls at the start of the school day at 1,100-student Chardon High.

Teachers locked down their classrooms as they had been trained to do during drills, and students took cover as they waited for the all-clear in this town of 5,100 people 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Cleveland. One teacher was said to have dragged a wounded student into his classroom for protection. Another chased the gunman out of the building, police said.

The suspect, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was arrested near his car a half-mile (half-kilometer) away, the FBI said. He was not immediately charged.

Fifteen-year-old Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting, said the gunman was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied. But other students disputed that.

``Even though he was quiet, he still had friends,'' said Tyler Lillash, 16. ``He was not bullied.''

Long before official word came of the attack, parents learned of the bloodshed from students via text message and cellphone and thronged the streets around the school, anxiously awaiting word on their children.

Two of the wounded were listed in critical condition, and another was in serious condition.

``I looked up and this kid was pointing a gun about 10 feet away from me to a group of four kids sitting at a table,'' Komertz said. He said the gunman fired two shots quickly, and students scrambled for safety. One of them was ``trying to get underneath the table, trying to hide, protecting his face.''

The slain student, Daniel Parmertor, was an aspiring computer repairman who was waiting in the cafeteria for the bus for his daily 15-minute ride to a vocational school. His teacher at the Auburn Career School had no idea why Parmertor, ``a very good young man, very quiet,'' had been targeted, said Auburn superintendent Maggie Lynch.

Officers investigating the shooting blocked off a road in a heavily wooded area several miles from the school. Federal agents patrolled the muddy driveway leading to several spacious homes and ponds, while other officers walked a snowy hillside. A police dog was brought in. It wasn't clear what they were looking for.

Teacher Joe Ricci had just begun class when he heard shots and slammed the door to his classroom, yelling, ``Lockdown!'' to students, according to Karli Sensibello, a student whose sister was in Ricci's classroom.

A few minutes later, Ricci heard a student moaning outside, opened the door and pulled in student Nick Walczak who had been shot several times, Sensibello said in an email. Ricci comforted Walczak and let him use his cellphone to call his girlfriend and parents, Sensibello said. She said her sister was too upset to talk.

Heather Ziska, 17, said she was in the cafeteria when she saw a boy she recognized as a fellow student come into the cafeteria and start shooting. She said she and several others immediately ran outside, while other friends ran into a middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers' lounge.

``Everybody just started running,'' said 17-year-old Megan Hennessy, who was in class when she heard loud noises. ``Everyone was running and screaming down the hallway.''

Rebecca Moser, 17, had just settled into her chemistry class when the school went into lockdown. The class of about 25 students ducked behind the lab tables at the back of the classroom, uncertain whether it was a drill.

Text messages started flying inside and outside the school, spreading information about what was happening and what friends and family were hearing outside the building.

``We all have cellphones, so people were constantly giving people updates _ about what was going on, who the victims were, how they were doing,'' Moser said.

The school had no metal detectors, but current and past students said it had frequent security drills in case of a shooting.

Anxious parents of high school students were told to go to an elementary school to pick up their children.

Joe Bergant, Chardon school superintendent, said school was canceled Tuesday and grief counselors would be available to students and families.

``If you haven't hugged or kissed your kid in the last couple of days, take that time,'' he said.



美 왕따 고등학생 학교서 총격..5명 사상

미국 오하이오주 지아거 카운티의 차든고교 에서 27일(현지시간) 총격사건이 발생해 1명이 숨지고 4명이 부상당했다.

현지 경찰 관계자는 "4명의 남학생과 1명의 여학생이 총에 맞아 구급헬기를  통 해 즉시 병원으로 옮겨졌으나 이 가운데 1명이 사망했다"고 밝혔다.

오전 등교시간에 학교 식당에서 발생한 이날 총격 사건의 용의자는 남학생으로, 범행 직후 도망가려다 한 교사에게 발각돼 쫓기다 결국 경찰에 자수한 것으로 알려졌다.

팀 매케나 차든시 경찰국장은 "오늘 오전 7시 38분 총격 신고를 접수한 직후 신 속대응팀을 파견했다"면서 "단독범행으로 추정되며, 범인을 검거했으나  청소년이어 서 이름을 공개하지 않겠다"고 말했다.

그러나 CNN은 목격자들의 증언을 인용해 T.J. 레인이라는 학생이 범인이라고 보도했다.

용의자는 체포 당시 22구경 소총과 칼을 갖고 있었으나 범행동기는 확인되지 않 고 있다고 현지 지역방송이 전했다.

경찰은 범행 동기에 대해서는 말하지 않았으나 범행 광경을 목격한 대니 코머츠(15)는 문제의 학생이 외톨이로 괴롭힘을 당해온 것으로 알려져 있다고 말했다.

"그는 나로부터 몇걸음 떨어진 곳에서 식탁에 앉아 있는 4명의 학생들을 겨냥해서 두 발을 재빨리 쏘았고 학생들은 비명을 지르며 피했다. 그러나 한 학생은 식탁 밑으로 숨으며 얼굴을 가렸다"고 코머츠는 말했다.

이날 총격 직후 차든고교는 경찰에 의해 출입이 통제됐으며, 인근 초등학교  스 쿨버스 운행도 중단됐다. 또 인근 학교들도 모두 수업을 취소하고 학생들을  귀가시 키고 있는 것으로 전해졌다.

미국에서는 지난해 12월 버지니아 공과대학(버지니아텍)에서 총격으로 2명이 숨 지고, 앞서 1월 로스앤젤레스(LA) 지역의 고교 안팎에서 이틀 연속 총격 사건이  발 생하는 등 학교 주변의 총기 관련 사건ㆍ사고가 끊이지 않고 있다.