Alleged Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane confessed to taking a .22 caliber handgun and a knife into the school, prosecutor David Joyce said, according to ABC News. Joyce plans to charge the 17-year-old as an adult on three counts of aggravated murder. Lane will remain in a juvenile detention center for public and personal safety. Lane said during the hearing the victims were chosen at random, but student witnesses who spoke with NewsNet5 said they had been friends with the shooter in middle school or currently rode the bus with the alleged gunman.
Here are some facts about the Chardon High School shooting:
* Autopsy results on all three victims are expected to be released by the end of the week, according to Reuters. The family of victim Russell King chose to honor their son's wishes by donating his organs.
* Lane's attorney Bob Farinacci described the alleged gunman as a "good kid" who had impressive grades and had not been in trouble, according to Reuters. The sophomore had been "doubling up" on classes so he could graduate early this year, according to Farinacci.
* Funeral calling hours for the first victim, Daniel Parmertor, 16, will be held on Friday with memorial services Saturday morning. Parents Robert and Dina plan to bury their son's first paycheck with him.
* Surveillance video shows Lane approaching the table of friends and opening fire. One of the students was dating Lane's ex-girlfriend. Student victim Joy Rickers was shot in the hallway as a teacher was opening a door to pull her in to safety, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Rickers has been released from the hospital but Nick Walczak is under care, ABC News Reports.
* Student witness Nate Mueller said during an ABC News interview that Lane was a "quiet kid" who tended to just go about his business and never "egged" anyone on. Mueller also remarked Lane entered into a "goth" persona during his freshman year and didn't really talk to classmates anymore. Student witness Tyler Lillash told ABC News that Lane had friends, but he was just quiet. To Lillash's knowledge, Lane was not bullied.
* NewsNet5 coverage of the preliminary hearing notes Joyce's desire to try Lane as an adult when formal charges are filed. Judge Thomas Grendell set a Thursday deadline for filings. A hearing is scheduled for today to address media requests to open juvenile court documents pertaining to Lane. The criminal trial is expected to begin March 6. Joyce said the shootings were not drug related and did not involve bullying, according to Reuters. Joyce referred to Lane as "someone who is not well."
* Candlelight vigil participant Anna Mullet told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that she had gotten to know Lane when he attended church youth group meetings with his then girlfriend. She referred to him as a "nice boy." Fellow classmates note how heartbroken Lane was when the girl broke-up with him and started dating one of the shooting victims.
- David Joyce
- Chardon High School