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Ohio School Shooting: Russell King Jr., Student At Chardon High School, Declared Brain Dead

First Posted: 02/28/12 10:26 AM ET Updated: 02/28/12 10:26 AM ET

CHARDON, Ohio -- A student wounded in an Ohio school shooting has been declared brain dead, authorities said Tuesday, the second reported fatality in an attack that began when a teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school a day earlier.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office received the word about Russell King Jr. just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to office administrator Hugh Shannon.

"The cause and manner of death of this case are under on-going investigation and will be released upon completion," Shannon said in a statement.

King, 17, was one of five students injured when a suspect identified by a family lawyer as T.J. Lane began shooting at Chardon High School Monday morning. King was studying alternative energy at nearby Auburn Career Center and like the others who were shot was waiting for a bus for his daily 15-minute ride to the center. Student Daniel Parmertor died hours after the shooting.

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  • TJ Lane

    T.J. Lane smirks as he listens to the judge during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)

  • T.J. Lane

    T.J. Lane sits in court during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)

  • TJ Lane

    T.J. Lane unbuttons his shirt during sentencing Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Chardon, Ohio. Lane, was given three lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole Tuesday for opening fire last year in a high school cafeteria in a rampage that left three students dead and three others wounded. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. (AP Photo/The News-Herald, Duncan Scott, Pool)

  • Chardon High School Shooting

    Students leave with parents from Maple Elementary School after a shooting at Chardon High School Monday. Students assembled at Maple Elementary School after a shooting took place at the high school. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day, killing three students and wounding two others, officials said. A suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ohio Shooting

    Community members attend a during a prayer service for victims of a school shooting at Chardon Assembly of God in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the Chardon High School's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others.

  • Demetrius Hewlin

    Demetrius Hewlin, a junior, was one of three students taken by helicopter to a local hospital following the shooting. He died. <em>Photo provided via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Demetrius-Hewlin/115955785195928?sk=wall" target="_hplink">Facebook</a> tribute. </em>

  • Danny Parmertor

    Danny Parmertor, 16, a junior, was shot along with several classmates while waiting for a bus. Parmertor was airlifted to a hospital and died shortly after. <em>Photo provided via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Danny-Parmertor/121146101345306" target="_hplink">Facebook</a> tribute.</em>

  • Russell King

    Russell King Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead shortly after the shooting and died the next day. <em>Photo provide via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Russell-King/385026981508707" target="_hplink">Facebook</a> tribute. </em>

  • Ohio High School Shooting

    A FBI agent speaks with people in front of Chardon High School where a shooting took place on Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman, believed to be a student, opened fire inside the high school cafeteria, immediately killing three students and wounding two others.

  • Ohio Shooting

    Flags fly at half staff in front of the town hall in Chardon, Ohio for the victims of an early morning school shooting on Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day, killing three students and wounding two others.

  • TJ Lane

    This February 27, 2012 photograph shows a picture of Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane posing on his Facebook page. Lane, opened fire with a handgun on a group of fellow students at Chardon High shortly after the start of the school day on Monday, killing three and wounding two others.

  • Ohio Shooting

    An Ohio Highway Patrol helicopter takes off from the rear of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others, officials said.

  • Ohio School Shooting: Prayer Service

    Alissa Sully, 17, hugs a friend before a prayer service for victims of a school shooting at Chardon Assembly of God in Chardon, Ohio Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • Ohio School Shooting

    A woman and her children walk down a back street near Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others, officials said. Special Agent Vicki Anderson said Monday the shooter was taken into custody near his car about half a mile (one kilometer) away from the high school. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • Four Students Injured, Two Killed In Ohio High School Shooting

    A sign in front of Chardon High School where a shooting took place on Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman, believed to be a student, opened fire inside the high school cafeteria, immediately killing one student and wounding two others. Two others later died from the injuries.

  • Ohio School Shooting: Press Conference

    Chardon School Superintendant Joe Bergant speaks to the media during a press conference at Chardon High School where a shooting took place on Feb. 27, 2012 in Chardon, Ohio. A gunman, believed to be a student, opened fire inside the high school cafeteria, killing three students and wounding two others.

  • Ohio High School Shooting

    Doug Gasper, a ninth-grader at Chardon High School, is hugged by his mother, Sandy, as they leave Maple Elementary School Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Students assembled at Maple Elementary School after a shooting took place at the high school. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day, killing three students and wounding two others, officials said. A suspect is in custody. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ohio High School Shooting: Police Search

    Investigative agents search a home several miles from the shooting Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. A gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, immediately killing three students and wounding two others, authorities said. A suspect believed to be a student was arrested a short distance away. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ohio High School Shooting: Evidence Search

    FBI and local police investigators search for evidence in a rural area of Chardon Township, Ohio Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others, officials said. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • Ohio High School Shooting: Prayer Service

    Rev. Jeff Johnson, left, and Bill Mullett lead prayers during a service for victims of a school shooting at Chardon Assembly of God in Chardon, Ohio Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the high school's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • Ohio High School Shooting: Press Conference

    Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland addresses the media regarding an early morning shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio Monday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the school's cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • OHIO SCHOOL SHOOTING

    Map locates Chardon, Ohio, site of a school shooting

  • Search For Ohio High School Shooter

    A deputy sheriff searches a wooded area with his gun drawn several miles from Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the high school cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday, killing three students and wounding two others, authorities said. A suspect believed to be a student was arrested a short distance away. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Ohio Shooting

    A group of students and parents pray for victims of a school shooting on the square in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday. Three of the victims have died and two others remain wounded.

  • Ohio Shooting

    A group of students and parents pray for victims of a school shooting on the square in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012. A gunman opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria at the start of the school day Monday. Three of the victims have died and two others remain wounded.

  • TJ Lane

    T.J. Lane, a suspect in Monday's shooting of five students at Chardon High School is taken into juvenile court by Geauga County deputies in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012. Three of the five students wounded in the attacks have since died.

  • Candlelight Vigil

    Students and those in the community embrace one another as they hold a candlelight vigil at St Mary's of the Assumption Church in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012.

  • Candlelight Vigil

    Students and those in the community embrace one another as they hold a candlelight vigil at St Mary's of the Assumption Church in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012.

  • Candlelight Vigil

    Students and those in the community embrace one another as they hold a candlelight vigil at St Mary's of the Assumption Church in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012.

  • Candlelight Vigil

    Students and those in the community embrace one another as they hold a candlelight vigil at St Mary's of the Assumption Church in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012.

  • Candlelight Vigil

    Students and those in the community embrace one another as they hold a candlelight vigil at St Mary's of the Assumption Church in Chardon, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2012.

  • Candleight Vigil

    Students and those in the community embrace one another as they hold a candlelight vigil at St Mary's of the Assumption Church on February 28, 2012 in Chardon, Ohio. Gunman and student TJ Lane opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria that left 3 students dead and two injured.

  • Red Ribbon

    Heidi Marks finishes tying a red ribbon around the tree in front of her home outside Chardon High School, where her son David, 17, is a student in Chardon, Ohio on February 28, 2012. Gunman and student TJ Lane opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria that left 3 students dead and two injured.

  • TJ Lane

    T. J. Lane, center, is led from Juvenile Court in Chardon, Ohio Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Lane, 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol to Chardon High School Monday, along with a knife, and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table Monday morning, Prosecutor David Joyce said.

  • Danny Parmertor

    Danny Parmertor, 16, a junior, was shot along with several classmates while waiting for a bus. Parmertor was airlifted to a hospital and died shortly after. <em>Photo provided via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIP-Danny-Parmertor/121146101345306" target="_hplink">Facebook</a> tribute.</em>

  • Chardon High School

    Two students hug on the town square in Chardon, Ohio, on March 1, before marching to the high school to honor the three students who were killed in a shooting there Monday.

  • Chardon High School

    Students and parents march to the high school in Chardon, Ohio on March 1, 2012, to honor the three students who were killed in a shooting there Monday.

  • Chardon High School

    Hundreds of students and parents march to the Chardon High Schooll in Chardon, Ohio on March 1, 2012 to honor the three students who were killed in a shooting there Monday.

  • Chardon High School

    A tribute to the victims of a shooting at the high school Monday, is displayed in the town square in Chardon, Ohio on March 1, 2012.

  • Chardon High School

    Two students hug before hundreds of students and parents march to the high school in Chardon, Ohio on March 1, 2012, to honor the three students who were killed in a shooting there Monday.

  • Chardon High School

    Assistant football coach Frank Hall talks to the media during a news-conference on March 1, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio. Three students were killed by a gunman Monday at Chardon High School. Hall chased the gunman out of the building.

  • Chardon High School

    Hundreds of students and parents march to Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, on March 1, 2012, to honor the three students who were killed in a shooting there Monday.

  • Chardon High School

    Residents of Chardon, Ohio, applaud as hundreds of students and parents march to the high school in Chardon on March 1, 2012, to honor the three students who were killed in a shooting there Monday.

  • Daniel Permertor

    People line up outside of Monreal Funeral Home for calling hours for Daniel Permertor on March 2, 2012, in Eastlake, Ohio. Parmertor and two others were fatally shot Monday at Chardon High School. Hundreds showed up for his wake at Monreal Funeral Home in Eastlake on Friday, the same day students returned to classes.

A student who saw the attack up close said it appeared that the gunman targeted a group of students sitting together and that the one who was killed was gunned down while trying to duck under the cafeteria table.

Lane's family is mourning "this terrible loss for their community," attorney Robert Farnacci said in a statement.

FBI officials would not comment on a motive. And Police Chief Tim McKenna said authorities "have a lot of homework to do yet" in their investigation of the shooting, which sent students screaming through the halls at the start of the school day at 1,100-student Chardon High.

An education official said the suspected shooter is a Lake Academy student, not a student at Chardon High. Brian Bontempo declined to answer any questions about the student. Bontempo is the superintendent of the Lake County Educational Service Center, which operates the academy.

The alternative school in Willoughby serves 7th through 12th grades. Students may have been referred to the school because of academic or behavioral problems.

The FBI said the suspect was arrested near his car a half-mile from Chardon. He was not immediately charged.

Teachers locked down their classrooms as they had been trained to do during drills, and students took cover as they waited for the all-clear in this town of 5,100 people, 30 miles from Cleveland. One teacher was said to have dragged a wounded student into his classroom to protect him. Another chased the gunman out of the building, police said.

Fifteen-year-old Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting, said Lane was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied. But others disputed that.

"Even though he was quiet, he still had friends," said Tyler Lillash, 16. "He was not bullied."

Farinacci, representing Lane and his family, told WKYC-TV that Lane "pretty much sticks to himself but does have some friends and has never been in trouble over anything that we know about."

Long before official word came of the attack, parents learned of the bloodshed from students via text message and cellphone and thronged the streets around the school, anxiously awaiting word on their children.

Two of the wounded were listed in critical condition, and another was in serious condition.

"I looked up and this kid was pointing a gun about 10 feet away from me to a group of four kids sitting at a table," Komertz said. He said the gunman fired two shots quickly, and students scrambled for safety. One of them was "trying to get underneath the table, trying to hide, protecting his face."

Slain student Daniel Parmertor was an aspiring computer repairman who was waiting in the cafeteria for the bus for his daily 15-minute ride to a vocational school. His teacher at the Auburn Career School had no idea why Parmertor, "a very good young man, very quiet," had been targeted, said Auburn superintendent Maggie Lynch.

Officers investigating the shooting blocked off a road in a heavily wooded area several miles from the school. Federal agents patrolled the muddy driveway leading to several spacious homes and ponds, while other officers walked a snowy hillside. A police dog was brought in. It wasn't clear what they were looking for.

Teacher Joe Ricci had just begun class when he heard shots and slammed the door to his classroom, yelling, "Lockdown!" to students, according to Karli Sensibello, a student whose sister was in Ricci's classroom.

A few minutes later, Ricci heard a student moaning outside, opened the door and pulled in student Nick Walczak who had been shot several times, Sensibello said in an email. Ricci comforted Walczak and let him use his cellphone to call his girlfriend and parents, Sensibello said. She said her sister was too upset to talk.

Heather Ziska, 17, said she was in the cafeteria when she saw a boy she recognized as a fellow student come into the cafeteria and start shooting. She said she and several others immediately ran outside, while other friends ran into a middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers' lounge.

"Everybody just started running," said 17-year-old Megan Hennessy, who was in class when she heard loud noises. "Everyone was running and screaming down the hallway."

Farinacci said Lane's family was "devastated" by the shootings and that they offered "their most heartfelt and sincere condolences" to Parmertor's family and the families of the wounded students.

"This is something that could never have been predicted," Farinacci told WKYC-TV.

Rebecca Moser, 17, had just settled into her chemistry class when the school went into lockdown. The class of about 25 students ducked behind the lab tables at the back of the classroom, uncertain whether it was a drill.

Text messages started flying inside and outside the school, spreading information about what was happening and what friends and family were hearing outside the building.

"We all have cellphones, so people were constantly giving people updates - about what was going on, who the victims were, how they were doing," Moser said.

The school had no metal detectors, but current and past students said it had frequent security drills in case of a shooting.

Anxious parents of high school students were told to go to an elementary school to pick up their children.

Joe Bergant, Chardon school superintendent, said school was canceled Tuesday and grief counselors would be available to students and families.

"If you haven't hugged or kissed your kid in the last couple of days, take that time," he said.