February 28th, 2012
04:08 AM ET

Lawyer: Suspect in Ohio school shooting 'distraught,' 'remorseful'

A teenager suspected of spraying an Ohio high school cafeteria with bullets - killing one student and wounding four - is distraught and remorseful, his lawyer said.

Authorities have yet to name the teen shooter arrested in the Monday morning attack at Chardon High School. But many students, some of whom said they were steps away from the suspect when the bullets flew, described the shooter as a withdrawn boy named T.J. Lane.

Lawyer Bob Farinacci, speaking for Lane's family, said late Monday night that the 17-year-old was "extremely remorseful."

"Very, very scared and extremely remorseful," he told CNN affiliate WKYC.

"He is a very confused young man right now," Farinacci added. "He's very confused. He is very upset. Um, he's very distraught...himself. This is a very scary circumstance that I don't think he could have possibly even foreseen himself in the middle of."

There will be no school Tuesday in Chardon where parents and children struggle to understand how the inexplicable actions of a quiet teen upended the calm of the small suburban Cleveland community.

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  1. lily

    Do the crime and you do the time. He will be charged as an adult and get life in prison.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lily

    He will be charged as an adult and get life in jail.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
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