Ohio authorities have released recordings of the chilling 911 calls after TJ Lane began shooting victims randomly in the cafeteria of Chardon High School on Monday.
TJ Lane, 17, allegedly used a .22-calibre pistol to fire 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a table in Chardon High School. Three of the five students he hit have died from their injuries.
Authorities released recordings of emergency calls made by teachers and students at Chardon High School as they desperately sought help to capture the teenager on his deadly rampage.
One 911 call was made by a young man who identified himself as a student at the school:
“Dispatcher: Did you see the shooter? Are you a student?
Student: Yes. Yes I am a student. I was right by the shooter when he pulled the gun.
Dispatcher: Who was the shooter?
Student: His name is Thomas Lane.
Dispatcher: Is he a student?
Dispatcher: Where is he at now?
Student: He’s somewhere in the building. As soon as I saw him pull the gun and start shooting, I ran outside.
Dispatcher: Did he shoot anyone?
Student: Yes. I saw a couple of students get hit.
Dispatcher: Where was all this taking place at?
Student: In the lunchroom at Chardon High School.
Dispatcher: And you saw him shoot how many?
Student: I saw him take out two and then I was gone… they were laying on the ground in blood.
Dispatcher: What was his beef with these kids, do we know?
Student: I have no idea. It’s a kid that, generally like I try to talk to, he’s very quiet and he doesn’t really talk to anyone.
Dispatcher: Was he picking students randomly?
Student: Yeah, he just pulled out a gun and started firing upon, like 500 kids, all in the lunchroom.
Dispatcher: So he just pulled out the gun and started shooting students in the cafeteria?
Student: Yes. At random.”
The eerie calls come as thousands of residents and students remembered the victims at a candle-lit vigil at a Chardon church on Tuesday night.
Three students – Demetrius Hewlin, 16, Russell King Jr., 17, and Daniel Parmertor, 16 – were killed in the attack.