Second Boy Declared Dead in Ohio School Shooting

Suspected shooter TJ Lane 'distraught, remorseful,' says lawyer
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2012 7:38 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2012 7:57 AM CST
A Sheriff deputy's vehicle is parked behind the welcome sign to Chardon High School where a shooting took place on February 27, 2012 in Chardon, Ohio.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A second student has been declared brain dead after being shot yesterday at Ohio's Chardon High School, the Wall Street Journal reports. Russell King Jr., 17, had recently started dating the suspected shooter's ex-girlfriend. The first victim, 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, died yesterday, and three others were wounded when 17-year-old TJ Lane allegedly began shooting in the cafeteria—"directly aiming" at a table where four boys sat, from "two feet away," one witness says. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Lane allegedly walked up to the group and shot at least three of the victims in the backs of their heads.

Lane is "very distraught" and "extremely remorseful," his lawyer says. "He's very confused. … This is a very scary circumstance that I don't think he could have possibly even foreseen himself in the middle of." Lane was a student at a nearby school for at-risk children; his male victims were students at a nearby vocational school, and were waiting at Chardon to be bused there. School was canceled today as the community mourns, and many are looking for clues in a dark Facebook post Lane made on December 30, CNN reports. It refers to a man who "was better than the rest, all those ones he detests, within their castles, so vain," and ends with the line, "Die, all of you." Lane's father also has a violent past, police say. (Read more school shooting stories.)

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