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Chardon High School shooting 911 calls released

2y ago
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"This is Chardon High School calling, we're in lockdown and we need assistance right now," says another, calmer, staff member. "There's a student with a gun... He's in the school somewhere." Another caller identified as Doug Snyder explained, "There's a report of a gun and a knife... We've got students down, there are three in the cafeteria and one in room 200," he said while frantically to trying find out where the shooter was. The school's principle can then be heard informing dispatchers that the shooter was seen running out the back door past the tennis courts and towards the pool, describing him as, "White t-shirt, shaggy dark hair, tall, skinny," he said. "We have a name that we think." When asked, "Is that Thomas?" Earlier on Tuesday, authorities in Chardon, which is located 30 miles from Cleveland, held a press conference to calm the tight-knit community in light of the tragedy. "This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs. This is someone who is not well," explained prosecutor David Joyce. "(Lane) confessed to taking the pistol and admitted he went into the cafeteria and shot 10 rounds. (He said) he did not know the students, but chose them randomly." The prosecuting attorney went on to say that the 17-year-old went to Chardon High School with a .22 caliber handgun and a knife, reported ABCNews.com. He shot four students in the cafeteria and one in the hallway before leaving the school. He was detained by police within a mile of the school. Joyce said that he expects Lane to be charged with three counts of aggravated murder and "absolutely" wants him to be tried as an adult, a decision that will be made by the judge later next month. "We're going to try this case, I assure you, but this next week is about getting our kids back into school," he promised.