Chardon High School Shootings: Student Pronounced Brain Dead

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CHARDON, Ohio — A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office tells Fox 8 News that a student wounded in the Chardon High School shootings has been pronounced brain dead, but remains on life-support at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Medical Examiner’s Office Administrator Hugh Shannon says that Russell King Jr., 17, of Chardon, is being kept alive by machines.

This sad news comes one day after King’s classmate, Daniel Parmertor, was pronounced dead as a result of injuries he sustained in the shootings.

Multiple Fox 8 News sources identified the alleged shooter as Thomas “TJ” Lane. Those sources say that Lane is a student at Lake Academy, a school described on its website as being for “at-risk students.”

The 17-year-old left behind clues about his intentions, but no one thought he was capable of acting on them.

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According to a spokesperson for the Geauga County Juvenile Court, a hearing for Lane will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Lane is the only individual arrested in connection with the shootings that erupted at 7:38 a.m. Monday.

One day later, Chardon Local Schools classes are cancelled and flags are flying at half-staff throughout the sleepy community known more for snowfall than anything else.

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