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Ohio School Shooting Victim Declared Brain Dead

Agnus Dei Farrant |
February 28, 2012 | 9:52 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

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A student wounded in an Ohio high school shooting on Monday has been declared brain dead, authorities said on Tuesday. The Associated Press reported Russell King Jr., 17, both brain dead and deceased. Shooting victim Demetrius Hewlin also died Tuesday, The New York Times reported.

Five students were injured when a suspect began shooting at Chardon High School at 7:40 a.m. Student Daniel Parmertor, 16, died of his injuries hours after the shooting.

The family of T.J. Lane identified him as the gunman Monday night when they issued a statement through a lawyer on WKYC-TV in Cleveland.

A student who witnessed the attack told the AP that the gunman seemed to target a group of students sitting together. All of the students at the cafeteria table were waiting for a bus for a daily 15-minute ride to study at the Auburn Career Center.

Local police in Chardon, a town about 30 miles east of Cleveland, told The New York Times that they apprehended a suspect Monday afternoon. Police Chief Tim McKenna said the police could not identify the suspect because he’s a juvenile.

WKYC reported that the students who were shot were found at three different locations in the school.

Lane was not a student at Chardon, but a sophomore at Lake Academy where students may have been referred due to academic or behavioral problems. The lawyer, Robert N. Farinacci, said Lane was “a fairly quiet and a good kid” that had never been in trouble before.

Lane is scheduled to have a proceeding in Geauga County Juvenile Court Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reported.



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