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School Victims Chosen Randomly By Shooter

Last updated on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

(CHARDON, OH)(AP) - A prosecutor says the 17-year-old suspect in a fatal Ohio school shooting didn’t know his victims and chose them randomly.

Prosecutor David Joyce said at Tuesday's hearing in Chardon, Ohio, that suspect TJ Lane admitted firing 10 shots at Chardon High School.

At the hearing, Judge Timothy Grendell imposed a gag order on opposing attorneys at the prosecutor's request and told the media not to photograph the boy's face. He is a juvenile.

The boy was ordered held for at least the next 15 days. Prosecutors have until March 1 to charge him.

Three Dead

A Cleveland hospital says another student wounded in the school shooting has died, bringing the death toll to three.

MetroHealth System said Tuesday that Demetrius Hewlin died Tuesday morning. He had been in critical condition.

Hewlin was a student at Chardon High School. He was one of five students shot at Chardon High School Monday morning.

Hewlin's family says in a statement he was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends.

Earlier Tuesday, a second student was declared brain dead as a result of wounds he sustained in the attack.

Officials in Cuyahoga County say 17-year-old Russell King Jr. died from his wounds at a hospital in Cleveland.

The Shooter

Thomas "TJ" Lane, a 17-year-old student who attended a nearby vocational school, is accused of the mass shooting. Several reports indicated that Lane had been bullied and that he came from a violent family.

In December 2011, Lane posted a long poem to his Facebook wall that has since been deleted. The poem ends with the words, "they shall not mind the mud on my feet if there is blood on your sheet. Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you."

A school official says classes will fully resume Friday. Chardon Schools Superintendent Joe Bergant says parents, students and faculty will be invited to the schools for counseling at various times before then.

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