Nightly News | February 27, 2012
>>> good evening. a student stood up inside the cafeteria at a suburban cleveland high school today and opened fire. he killed one student, wounded four others before being captured. in the years since columbine, we learned a lot of lessons in this country about the signals, the danger, warning signs and acting on them in time. but today, apparently, a troubled and highly-motivated young man took matters into his own hands before others could move to prevent it. it's where we begin our coverage tonight with nbc's kevin tibbles in what is now the torn-up community of chardon , ohio, 30 miles outside of cleveland. good evening.
>> reporter: brian, tonight the flag outside chardon high school flies at half-staff as the city mourns both the loss of its innocence and one of its own. just after 7:30 this morning, shots rang out in the cafeteria of chardon high school .
>> we have an active shooter at height school.
>> reporter: inside, a single shooter opened fire sending students and teachers scrambling for safety.
>> there's a lot of running, a lot of screaming. i heard a bunch of shots fired.
>> reporter: five students were shot before two teachers managed to chase the suspect from the building. t.j. lane who comes to chardon to take the bus to a local vocational school was arrested by heavily- armed police without incident a few minutes later. students were evacuated to a nearby middle school . it was here where frantic parents came in search of their children.
>> absolutely scared out of my mind. it's a very difficult thing to know that you can't be there to help them at a time like that.
>> reporter: amid the tearful reunions came the news all had been dreading. danny parmentor was dead. his family released this statement. "we are shocked by this senseless tragedy. danny was a bright young by who had a bright future ahead of him."
>> my heart goes out to the families of the five victims.
>> reporter: nate mueller's ear was grazed by a bullet.
>> i was friends with him up until eighth grade then he kind of got into the gothic phase and silenced himself.
>> reporter: terrified students quickly turned to social media to find out about friends and console one another. "sat in my classroom listening to people calling parents and crying, thinking about movies i've seen of 9/11. this stuff actually happens." finally being evacuated, thank god. scariest thing i ever experienced. love you all. police and fbi cordoned off the school while the investigation continues as they continue to search for a motive behind a shooting that left this cleveland suburb in shock.
>> i hope every parent will be able to hug and kiss your kid in the last couple of days, take that time.
>> reporter: this evening, two of the shooters' victims remain in critical condition. one is serious, the other stable. many area churches will remain open here this evening for memorial services. brian?
>> kevin tibbles from chardon , ohio. thanks.