CNN) — Sorrow and disbelief replaced the chaos of Monday morning’s school shooting in Chardon, Ohio, as residents and investigators tried to sort out what prompted a young man to open fire on a table of students in the school cafeteria, killing one and wounding four others.
“I just can’t believe it. I don’t think it’s real,” said student Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting. “And I just, it kills me that I saw someone hiding, and now that someone is now dead.”
The gunman, whom police said is a juvenile, opened fire in the cafeteria of Chardon High School just as the school day was getting started about 7:30 a.m., according to police. Witnesses said he walked up to a table of four students he may have known and began shooting.
Police said they arrested the suspected gunman a short time later in Chardon Township, a community of about 5,000 people located 30 miles east of Cleveland.
Police Chief Tim McKenna declined to identify the suspect, while school Superintendent Joseph Bergant said only that he was a student. But student Nate Mueller, who was slightly wounded in the shooting, told the Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland that the suspect was student T.J. Lane.