DA: Chardon Shooter Fired Randomly Into Cafeteria
CHARDON, Ohio (KDKA) — The suspected gunman in the shooting that killed three students at Chardon High School in Geauga County, Ohio, admitted to firing 10 shots during a hearing.
T.J. Lane, 17, will remain in custody. This was determined at a detention hearing Tuesday afternoon. He will be formally charged next week.
Demetrius Hewlin and Russell King, Jr. died Tuesday. Daniel Parmertor passed away shortly after the shooting on Monday.
Geauga County District Attorney David Joyce says Lane will likely be charged with at least three counts of aggravated murder during his next hearing March 6.
“As was stated earlier in court today, he chose his victims at random – this is not about bullying, this is not about drugs,” Joyce said. “This is someone who’s not well and … in our court case we’ll prove that to all of your desires and we’ll make sure that justice is done here in this county.”
“But in the meantime,” Joyce continued, “this community needs to heal. The school did what they were supposed to do, law enforcement did what they were supposed to do and they need to get back to school and realize justice is going to be done.”
Both attorneys in the case are now under a gag order.
The Chardon community is trying to heal and numerous vigils are scheduled. Students and faculty are undergoing grief counseling.
“You know somebody who’s connected to somebody that injured – everybody does – so it just feels very personal,” Jen Gorton, a resident, said.
Classes will resume at Chardon High School on Friday.
The United Way has started the Chardon Healing Fund – $150,000 has been raised to provide services to individuals and families impacted by this tragedy.
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