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Boy, 15, declared brain dead after school shooting

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  • Lawrence King, 15, was shot in the school computer lab
  • Suspect, 14, is in custody; he's a fellow 8th grader
  • Shooting appears to be result of a dispute between the boys
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OXNARD, California (CNN) -- A 15-year-old shot by a fellow student at his junior high school has been declared brain dead, and his body is being maintained on a ventilator for possible organ donation, according to the medical examiner's office.

Jocelyn Salinas cries after a 15-year-old student at her school was shot by another 8th grader.

Oxnard, California, police spokesman David Keith identified the victim as Lawrence King. He was shot in the back of the head Tuesday in a computer lab at E.O. Green Junior High School. The Associated Press reported 22 other students were in the lab at the time.

The 14-year-old suspect fled immediately after the shooting, which occurred around 8:15 a.m. He was apprehended a few blocks from the school soon after the shooting, Keith said.

He has been charged with attempted murder, and charges are likely to be upgraded.

"It appears to be kind of a personal thing between these two students," he said Tuesday. "Some kind of beef."

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The Ventura County Medical Examiner's office said King was declared brain dead on Wednesday.

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