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Teen Shooter's Dad Has Violent Rap Sheet: Cops

TJ Lane's father busted for attacking teen's mom, other women
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2012 12:48 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2012 3:06 AM CST
Teen Shooter's Dad Has Violent Rap Sheet: Cops
Police Officer T.J. Gready speaks about the shooting in front of the Lane Bryant store at the Brookside shopping center in Tinley Park, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008."Multiple" victims were found Saturday at a clothing store in a strip mall but there was no sign of the shooter, authorities said.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – The father of suspected Ohio school shooter TJ Lane has been busted several times for violence against women, including TJ's mom, according to court records. He had been warned to stay away from the boy and his mother, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Dad Thomas Lane Jr. and TJ's mom were each charged with domestic violence against each other, and Lane served time in prison after trying to suffocate another women he later married. It's not clear what kind of relationship the father eventually maintained with his son. Friends said TJ was being raised by his grandparents, according to the newspaper.

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The 17-year-old student coldly squeezed off rounds in a school cafeteria, killing one boy and injuring four others as the teens dove for cover, according to witnesses. TJ has been described as quiet, but also as an outcast with a simmering temper. Trouble two years ago landed him in juvenile court, but officials refused to divulge details. Family members issued a statement through their attorney saying they were "devastated" by "this terrible loss." They offered their "most heartfelt condolences to the family of the young man who passed, and their continuing prayers for all those who were injured," the attorney added. "This is something that could never have been predicted." Click for more on TJ Lane. (Read more Chardon High School stories.)

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