Teen Paralyzed in Chardon Shootings Sues Lane
CHARDON, Ohio — A teenager who was severely injured in the Chardon High School shootings has sued gunman TJ Lane and several members of Lane’s family.
Nickolas Walczak on Thursday filed the suit, which seeks, jointly from them, in excess of $25,000 in compensatory and punitive damages along with court costs.
Walczak was just one of those wounded in the Feb. 27, 2012, attacks. Danny Parmertor,16, Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and Russell King, Jr., 17, were all killed. Two others were injured.
Lane pleaded guilty to several charges of aggravated murder, felonious assault and attempted aggravated murder in the shootings. He was sentenced to life in prison.
In his lawsuit, Walczak names Lane and Lane’s parents, Sarah Nolan and Thomas Lane Jr.
It also names both sets of Lane’s grandparents.
The documents state that his grandparents, Jack and Carole Nolan, were the custodial guardians of Lane at the time of the shootings, and were responsible for his care, custody and control.
Also named was Lane’s uncle, Daniel Lane, who the documents say owned the handgun used in the shooting of Walczak.
Walczak also names Lane’s other grandparents, Thomas and Michelle Lane. The suit claims they stored or owned over 50 unsecured weapons inside their home, including the gun used in the shootings.
The documents state that as a result of the shootings, Walczak “suffered severe, debilitating and permanent injuries.”
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