Death Toll Rises to Three In Ohio School Shooting

CHARDON, Ohio – Two more victims of Monday’s shooting at Chardon High School died Tuesday morning.

Russell King, Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday at Ohio’s MetroHealth Medical Center. Demetrius Hewlin, a junior, has also died, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Daniel Parmertor, 16, was killed Monday morning, when T.J. Lane, 17, allegedly opened fire in the school cafeteria.

A teacher chased Lane off school grounds. He surrendered to bystanders about a half mile from the school.

Investigators haven’t revealed Lane’s motive. However, King had reportedly started dating Lane’s ex-girlfriend, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Classmates described Lane as a outcast who’d been bullied, reports ABC News.  In late December he posted a poem on his Facebook page that read: “He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet,” and ended ominously: “Die, all of you.”

Geauga County Sheriff Daniel McClelland said responding deputies made a prompt entry to the school and located the victims. Deputies then created a security perimeter so the shooter couldn’t re-enter the campus. Deputies also launched a K-9 search.

“The shootings at Chardon High School are an unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to the entire community as they grieve this terrible and senseless loss,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a statement. “It’s still too early to know yet why a student took a firearm to school and shot his classmates. But preliminary reports indicate that if it were not for the extraordinary courage of a teacher who chased the shooter out of the school, and if not for the speedy reaction of school leaders, the toll of these shootings could have been even worse.”

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