Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce said the case of accused Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane was not about bullying or drugs. Joyce said that Lane was “not well.”
Lane confessed to taking a .22 caliber handgun and a knife into Chardon High School and firing 10 shots in the school cafeteria on Monday at Geauga County Juvenile Court. Lane is a student at nearby Lake Academy Alternative School.
In the courtroom, the judge did not allow Lane to be shown on camera, and Joyce did not offer a motive for the shootings.
According to ABC News, Joyce said, "Lane confessed to taking the pistol and admitted he went into the cafeteria and shot 10 rounds. He said he did not know the students, but chose them randomly."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that three students were sitting together at a table when Lane came up behind them at 7:30 a.m. Monday, according to witnesses. Joyce said Lane ran out through the woods and was apprehended by police at 8:37 a.m.
Daniel Parmertor, 16, Russell King Jr., 17, and Demetrius Hewlin, 16, died in the shootings. Joy Rickers, 18, and Nick Walczak, 17, were also shot and taken to Hillcrest Hospital. Rickers has since been released.
CNN reported that Lane will remain held in detention. The judge ruled that charges have to be filed by 4:45 p.m. on March 1. Joyce expects Lane to be tried as an adult.
County authorities released all the 911 calls made about the incident on Tuesday. According to the New York Daily News, one 911 call heard a crying student telling an operator that "we just had a shooting at our school. We need to get out of here."
Another woman said, "Chardon High School calling. We need assistance right now. There's a student with a gun." And a man told 911, "Three down in the cafeteria. Students down. We need an ambulance."