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Officials: Student brain dead in Ohio school shooting

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CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- A student wounded in a deadly school shooting has been declared brain dead, authorities said Tuesday, a day after one student was killed and three others injured when teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school.

   The medical examiner's office received the word about Russell King Jr. early Tuesday morning, office administrator Hugh Shannon said in a statement. It was unclear whether King remained on life support; the statement referred to him as both deceased and brain dead.

   "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. A spokeswoman at MetroHealth System said Tuesday morning that no information on his condition was available.

   "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. Student Daniel Parmertor died hours after the shooting.

   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. Students may have been referred to the alternative school because of academic or behavioral problems.

   The FBI said the suspect was arrested near his car a half-mile (one kilometer) 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 (50 kilometers) 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."
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   AP writers Dan Sewell in Cincinnati and Julie Carr Smyth and Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus contributed to this report.
 

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