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Chardon School Shooting Suspect T.J. Lane, 17, Will Be Tried as an Adult

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By HVnews on February 29, 2012

Prosecutors told ABC News they plan to try 17-year-old gunman T.J. Lane, a Chardon sophomore, who chose his victims “at random,” as an adult.

As two students, Nick Walczak and Joy Rickers, recover from their injuries sustained in Chardon High School’s shooting Monday, their community mourns Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King and Daniel Parmertor. Lane stands accused of murdering all three.

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A friend of Lane’s posted this message on Facebook: “I wanted so bad to try and help you but i could see in your eyes you didn’t care anymore. I’m sorry buddy.”

ABC reports:

Lane made his first appearance in juvenile court Tuesday. The judge did not allow the accused to be shown on camera, and the prosecutor did not provide a motive for the lethal shooting spree. However, at a news conference shortly after the court hearing, prosecutor David Joyce said, “This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs. This is someone who is not well.”

“[Lane] confessed to taking the pistol and admitted he went into the cafeteria and shot 10 rounds,” Joyce said. “[He said he] did not know the students, but chose them randomly.”

The prosecutor alleged that Lane went to Chardon High School with a .22 caliber handgun and a knife. He shot four students in the cafeteria and one in the hallway before leaving the school. He was detained by police within a mile of the school.

MORE: T.J. Lane’s Facebook Pictures, Violent Wall Post

Before the shooting, Lane, whose family has a history of domestic abuse, posted a violent wall post on Facebook about a man on a killing spree. It contained the phrases “I am Death” and “Die, all of you.”

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