Bubblehead Les who’s local to the story has sent this late-breaking news that gives a lot of interesting details on the Ohio School Shooting:
The teenager suspected in an Ohio school shooting that killed three students may have used a gun that disappeared from his grandfather’s barn, a longtime neighbor of the couple who helped raise the suspect said Wednesday.
The gun was noticed as missing after Monday’s shootings and fits the description of the pistol that reportedly was used to kill three students and wound two others at Chardon High School, said Carl Hendersen.
He is a retired police officer and former Geauga County sheriff, as well as a longtime neighbor of the grandparents of suspect T.J. Lane. He said he has spoken to the grandfather about the gun.
Lane’s grandfather believes the gun is the same, “because the gun was there the day before, in the barn,” said Henderson, 74, who says he’s been friends with the boy’s family for nearly 50 years.
So the Gun was likely stolen from a friend of the family’s barn. No word on the security measures of the barn.
A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said the gun used in the shooting, a Ruger .22-caliber Mark III target pistol, was bought legally in August 2010 from a gun shop in Mentor, Ohio.
So the gun was bought legally with a background check. Also A lot of people (myself included) have a LOT of disdain for the Mk III pistol. Its a popular design, but its often described by shooters as “A gun designed by lawyers” because of its Magazine disconnect and loaded chamber indicator. (The Disconnect on the MK III is especially dangerous as it requires a magazine to be inserted and removed from the gun multiple times….magazines hold ammo, by removing magazines from the work space when cleaning or manipulating the gun you mitigate more ways a negligent discharge could occur.), also the magazines contain the anti-rights prescribed number of rounds of 10.
Also the gun is designed specifically for sporting purposes, rather than for combat or defensive use. Its also in the diminutive .22 Rimfire.
Lane, 17, admitted taking a pistol and a knife to the 1,100-student Chardon High and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table, prosecutor David Joyce said.
Sounds like he ran the gun dry before fleeing the scene. And note the carrying knives or guns at school is against the rules and the laws.
This story sheds a lot of light on the case, thanks Les. Also it says one of the girls hurt has returned home, so that is good news. And again my condolences go out to the families of the victims.