Nightly News | February 28, 2012
>>> good evening. the only thing that could have made yesterday's school shooting in ohio any worse happened today. two more students have died of their wounds in that attack. an even more crushing blow for a community outside of cleveland that's absolutely torn apart. while today was the accused gunman's first court appearance and while we hear more about him, nothing will bring back what this town has lost, including the feeling of safety at school. we begin there tonight. kevin tibbles is in char dodon, ohio .
>>> t.j. lane was here to say i'm sorry, i'm sorry, just after a judge held him in custody for his own safety and that of the community. in chardon, ohio , condolences for a town of 5,000, devastated by the loss of three of its children.
>> there's a student with a gun.
>> reporter: today, police released 911 recordings taken place as the shooting was taking place.
>> we've had multiple gunshots.
>> reporter: news today the death toll from the shooting spree had risen. 17-year-old russell king jr. was pronounced dead shortly after 4:00 this morning. then this afternoon, word demetrius hewlin had also died. his family released a statement saying demetrius was a happy young man who loved his life, family and friends . daniel parmertor died of his wounds yesterday.
>> reporter: the defendant appeared in court wearing a bullet-proof vest.
>> everybody left him alone and didn't talk to him. nobody really bullied him.
>> reporter: but lane did come from a troubled family. his parents were divorced and his father had numerous run-ins with the law.
>> we never made any jokes at t.j. because we always figured he has a worse life than us.
>> reporter: still, those who knew him can't explain the rampage he is accused of.
>> i don't think he was bad enough to kill people. i never would have guessed.
>> reporter: while multiple law enforcement agencies continue to investigate, the people who live here simply want to know why.
>> we're not just any old place, chardon. this is every place. as you've seen in the past, this can happen anywhere.
>> reporter: lane to date has not been charged but with three dead, he is likely to be tried as an adult. one shooting victim this evening remains in the hospital. a bit of good news, brian. another was released this afternoon so she could return home to her family.
>> kevin tibbles, thanks.