Chardon, OH School Shooting: SWAT Arrives 1 Hour 15 Minutes Later


“The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School [above] about 30 miles east of Cleveland,” reports. According to the live blogger at, “Parent Jeannette Roth, who had heard from her son Joshua, a junior, said he told her the shooting happened while students were eating breakfast in the cafeteria and waiting for first period. Suddenly a boy ‘stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos.’ A local official confirmed . . . three boys and a girl were injured. Four ambulances — from Chardon, Kirtland, Burton and Chesterland — are waiting at the door of the high school at 8:15 a.m. . . .

Parents were being told at 8:21 that it might not be safe to remain near the school. Maple Elementary school across the street was being evacuated. Police are blocking streets near the school as they go through the building in search of the shooter. A teacher saw the shooting and chased the gun-wielder, who escaped.

At 8:30, students were being evacuated from the school and are going to Maple Elementary. Many, scared, could be seen holding hands and crying . . .

Around 8:45, the Lake County SWAT team has arrived with a couple of big vehicles.

The suspect was already in custody, although we don’t know how that happened just yet.