Ohio School Shooter Was Once Friends With Victims
TJ Lane identified as Chardon High School gunman
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2012 1:30 PM CST
Investigators congregate at a rear entrance to Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

(Newser) – An eyewitness to the Chardon High School shooting has identified the gunman as fellow student TJ Lane. Junior Nate Mueller tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he was sitting in the cafeteria with his friends when he heard a gunshot and felt a sting on his ear. "My friends were crawling on the floor, and one of my friends was bent over the table, and he was shot," he says. "I turned around and saw [TJ] standing with a gun and I saw him take a shot."

Mueller says he and his friends had been close with Lane in middle school, but had drifted apart in high school. He says one of his friends, Russell King, had recently started dating Lane's ex-girlfriend. "He was silent the whole time," Mueller says. "That's what made it so random." The Plain Dealer has identified the student who died in the shootings; the Daily Beast has uncovered a disturbing Facebook post of Lane's from Dec. 30.

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Feb 27, 2012 9:32 PM CST
To OldGoat: No, students should not be allowed to carry guns. If some selected, screened, trained school personal were allowed to carry a concealed gun in schools that would be a help. No it would not eliminate totally this type thing, but it would definately help in some cases. The idea that a school should not have any defense at all against gun toting murders is stupid. Security guards carry guns, why not a school principal ? This has nothing to do with the NRA or police stations. No, it would not be a "firing squad".
Feb 27, 2012 2:24 PM CST
If only they had a policy that every student, teacher and janitor be armed...this would've never happened!