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Teen in court after US school shooting

2012-02-29 20:05

Chardon - The 17-year-old suspect in a deadly shooting rampage at a US high school appeared briefly in juvenile court as residents of the shaken community offered sympathy and support for families and friends of the three students who were killed and two who were wounded.

A prosecutor described suspect TJ Lane as "someone who's not well" and said the teen didn't know the victims but chose them randomly.

Lane admitted taking a .22-calibre pistol and a knife to the 1 100-student Chardon High School and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table on Monday morning, prosecutor David Joyce said.

Those trying to understand what prompted the shootings got few answers from the court hearing, which came hours after the death toll rose to three.

Lane, a thin young man described by other students as extremely quiet, spoke little in court, where a judge ordered him held for at least 15 days.

Prosecutors have until Thursday to bring charges and are expected to ask that Lane be tried as an adult. He will probably be charged with three counts of aggravated murder and other offences, Joyce said.

The prosecutor appeared to rule out rumours and speculation that the young gunman lashed out after being bullied or that the shooting had something to do with drug-dealing.