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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No Answers Yet In Ohio School Shooting

Bouquets of flowers sit on the sign in front of the high school in Chardon, Ohio Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Bouquets of flowers sit on the sign in front of the high school in Chardon, Ohio Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

There are still no answers as to a motive in Monday’s school shooting in Chardon, Ohio that left three students dead and two others injured.

17-year-old Russell King Jr., was declared brain dead Tuesday morning. Demetrius Hewlin died Tuesday morning. Student Daniel Parmertor died Monday.

At a press event on Tuesday morning, Chardon police chief Tim McKenna said they don’t have a motive in the case yet, and refused to identify the suspect, since he is a juvenile.

However, the suspect has been identified as 17-year-old T.J. Lane. His family’s lawyer Bob Farinacci told WKYC-TV that Lane is scared and remorseful.

“He’s very confused. He is very upset. He’s very distraught. […] This is a very scary circumstance that I don’t think he could have possibly even foreseen himself in the middle of,” said Farinacci.

Eyewitnesses say the shooter opened fire in Chardon High School’s cafeteria, where students wait for buses to take them to area vocational and alternative schools.

Eleventh grader Daniel Williams told WCPN public radio that students took cover after hearing the initial shots.

“Most of them climbed underneath the table. Then, as soon as we got a clear chance, we all ran into the teacher’s lounge and put a piano in front of the door,” Williams said.

The suspect appeared to be targeting one group of students, who attended the Lake Academy Alternative School with him, according to Williams.

Some students have described Lane as a troubled loner. But others say he was friendly and quiet.

An initial court appearance is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. eastern, and police chief Russell King says the prosecutor in the case should be able to provide more details about the case after that appearance.

Guest:

  • Michelle Kanu, WCPN public radio reporter

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