Ohio school shooting - 2nd student dies

2012-02-28 19:59

Chardon - A second victim has died after a student opened fire on classmates at his Ohio high school, the local police chief said on Tuesday.

Tim McKenna, police chief in the town of Chardon, said at a news conference that teenage victim Russell King died early on Tuesday, a day after being wounded in a school shooting that killed another student and wounded three.

"It's sad to say - at this point I'm going to announce the second student Russell King has passed," McKenna told reporters.

"At 04:49 this morning, the medical examiner's office contacted me to advise me of that. And I feel sorry not only for that family, but all the families that are affected by this," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, officials at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's officer told AFP that King had been declared "brain dead".

The 17-year old gunman, identified as TJ Lane, opened fire with a handgun on a group of fellow students on Monday at Chardon High shortly after the start of the school day.

The other victim, 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor, died in hospital shortly after the shooting.

The shooting has shocked residents and students of the small Ohio town, who have described Lane as an "outcast" who had been bullied and said he had posted warnings on Twitter and left disturbing messages on Facebook.

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