Ethan Crumbley: Sheriff says suspect was ‘looking forward’ to attack as parents appear in court

Ethan Crumbley’s parents pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection to their son’s alleged shooting rampage at Oxford High School that led to the death of four students on Tuesday.

James and Jennifer Crumbley appeared at an arraignment in front of judge Julie Nicholson this morning after being arrested by Detroit Police around 1.30am earlier today.

The arrest came after officers found a vehicle, believed to belong to the Crumbleys late on Friday, when they were searching for the couple. The vehicle was reported by the owner of the industrial building where the couple was located.

James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of the 15-year-old accused, had gone missing after being charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley on Friday, three days after their son Ethan allegedly killed four classmates and wounded seven others.

On Tuesday morning, the parents attended a meeting with Mr Crumbley and administrators after another teacher found a note on his desk with a drawing of a handgun that read: “The thoughts won’t stop, help me.”

The parents allegedly insisted Mr Crumbley return to class, and three hours later he carried out the massacre. When she heard reports of an active shooter, Jennifer Crumbley allegedly texted: “Ethan, don’t do it.”

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Key Points

  • Ethan Crumbley’s parents arrested by Detroit police

  • Ethan Crumbley’s parents charged with involuntary manslaughter

  • Mother’s chilling texts revealed

  • Everything we know about the shooting so far

  • What we know about the students killed

  • Suspect allegedly shared ‘countdown’ on Instagram before shooting

  • School chief issues defence in video message

WATCH: Press conference on charges against parents

Friday 3 December 2021 16:58 , Megan Sheets

Mother texted Ethan Crumbley ‘Don’t do it’ after hearing about shooting

Friday 3 December 2021 17:14 , Megan Sheets

Ethan Crumbley’s mother Jennifer texted him “Don’t do it, Ethan” after she heard reports of an active shooter at his school, authorities said Friday.

The message suggests the mother knew about her son’s plan to carry out the shooting.

When he heard the reports, the suspect’s father James called 911 to report a gun was missing, officials said.

The gun Mr Crumbley allegedly used had been stored in an unlocked drawer at the family’s home.

Teachers’ concerns revealed

Friday 3 December 2021 17:25 , Megan Sheets

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald explained the two incidents that prompted teachers to raise alarms about Ethan Crumbley’s behaviour prior to the shooting.

On Monday, a teacher reportedly found Mr Crumbley searching for ammunition online. His parents were alerted, and his mother Jennifer allegedly texted him: “LOL I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught.”

On Tuesday, a different teacher found on a note on Mr Crumbley’s desk which featured a drawing of a handgun and the words: “The thoughts won’t stop, help me.”

Mr Crumbley’s parents were called in as a result of the note, but fought to have him return to class, Ms McDonald said.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi reports:

Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley’s mom texted him ‘don’t do it’

Ethan Crumbley was with his dad when gun was purchased

Friday 3 December 2021 17:30 , Megan Sheets

Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Ethan Crumbley went with his father James on Black Friday to purchase the semi-automatic handgun used in the shooting.

“James Crumbley purchased a Sig Sauer 9mm model SP 2022 from Acme Shooting Goods in Oxford, Michigan, on Nov. 26th, 2021. A store employee confirms that Ethan Crumbley was present with James at the time of the purchase,” she said.

Mr Crumbley later posted on social media about trying out his “new Christmas present”, referencing the gun.

Charges against parents meant to ‘hold them accountable'

Friday 3 December 2021 17:32 , Megan Sheets

Prosecutor Karen McDonald said she was bringing charges against Ethan Crumbley’s parents because while he is the one who pulled the trigger, “there are other individuals who contributed to this”.

“It is my intention to hold them accountable,” she said at Friday’s press conference.

The prosecutor noted that the involuntary manslaughter charge is the strongest allowed under the law.

Parents to be arraigned at 4pm Friday

Friday 3 December 2021 17:48 , Megan Sheets

James and Jennifer Crumbley are set to be arraigned at 4pm Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection with their son Ethan’s alleged shooting at Oxford High School.

Judge Julie Nicholson signed off on the charges presented just before noon by Lt Tim Willis, the head of the Oakland County Sheriff’s special investigations unit.

Mr Willis said authorities planned to arrest the parents after the charges were approved.

Parents’ actions were ‘criminal’, prosecutor says

Friday 3 December 2021 18:10 , Megan Sheets

Prosecutor Karen McDonald said James and Jennifer Crumbley’s failure to prevent Tuesday’s shooting is “criminal”.

“I have tremendous compassion and empathy for parents who have children who are struggling and at risk for whatever reason. And I am no means saying an active shooter situation should always result in a criminal prosecution against parents,” she said.

“But the facts of this case are so egregious, reading this document, looking at it, reading the words ‘help me, with a gun, blood everywhere,’ this doesn’t just have impact [on] me as a prosecutor and lawyer, it impacts me as a mother. The notion that a parent could read those words and also know their son had access to a deadly weapon, that they gave him, is unconscionable and I think it’s criminal. It is criminal.”

Ms McDonald said she brought the charges to send a message about the responsibility faced by gun owners.

“When they fail to uphold that responsibility, there are serious and criminal consequences,” she said. “As we work together to honour the lives lost and all of those impacted by the evil acts this week, justice for the victims and their families is at the forefront of today’s announcement.

“We need to do better in this country. We need to say enough is enough for our kids, our teachers, parents, for all of us in this community and the communities across this nation.”

EXPLAINED: The charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley

Friday 3 December 2021 18:34 , Megan Sheets

Ethan Crumbley’s parents James, 45, and Jennifer, 43, have each been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter for each of the four students killed in Tuesday’s shooting.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald noted that the charges are the strongest allowed under Michigan law.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s office moved to arrest the couple after a judge signed off on the charges midday Friday. They are scheduled to appear at an arraignment at 4pm.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

Ethan Crumbley’s parents charged with involuntary manslaughter

ICYMI: Red flags ignored prior to the shooting

Friday 3 December 2021 19:00 , Megan Sheets

As the tight-knit community of Oxford Township, Michigan, struggles to pick up the pieces from Tuesday’s deadly high school shooting, revelations about multiple red flags from the days prior are fuelling an impossible question: why wasn’t something done to prevent this?

Investigators reportedly uncovered a “mountain of evidence” showing suspect Ethan Crumbley plotted his attack well in advance, outlining plans in a journal and sharing his intentions in two videos filmed before the shooting.

His social media accounts were allegedly studded with menacing posts, including a photo of the handgun he used in his rampage and an apparent countdown warning: “Now I become death – destroyer of worlds – see you tomorrow Oxford.”

Teachers at Oxford High School raised concerns about the teen’s behaviour twice in the days leading up to the shooting, authorities say. The second time took place on the morning of the shooting, when Mr Crumbley’s parents met with him and administrators at the school.

Students and parents described a sense of unease on the campus in the weeks prior, saying that threats of a violence had been circulating for some time. The school acknowledged the rumours in a letter to parents in mid-November.

When pieced together, these details paint a picture that casts doubt on claims by school administrators and law enforcement that they had no prior knowledge of what would come to take place on Tuesday. The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:

Ethan Crumbley: Red flags raised before Michigan school shooting spark scrutiny

Prosecutor: ‘I am angry'

Friday 3 December 2021 19:30 , Megan Sheets

Prosecutor Karen McDonald expressed anger at the fact that the Oxford High School shooting wasn’t prevented when announcing the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley on Friday.

“I am angry. I’m angry as a mother, as the prosecutor, I’m angry as a person that lives in this county,” she said, noting that simple things could have been done to stop the tragedy.

“It’s impossible not to conclude that there was a reason to believe that [Ethan Crumbley] was going to hurt somebody.”

She continued: “We have great law enforcement and good training, but I said before, four kids were murdered and seven more injured. So yes, I think we should all be very angry and we should take a very hard look at what is in place in terms of criminal responsibility, what gun owners are required to do.”

“It’s your responsibility, it’s your duty to make sure that you don’t give access to this deadly weapon to somebody that you have reason to believe is going to harm someone.”

Who are Ethan Crumbley’s parents?

Friday 3 December 2021 19:56 , Megan Sheets

Jennifer and James Crumbley were each charged with four counts of manslaughter on Friday, three days after their son Ethan allegedly carried out a deadly massacre at his school in Oxford, Michigan.

The Independent’s Josh Marcus explains what we know about the couple:

Everything we know about Ethan Crumbley’s parents, who were charged with manslaughter

Fugitive team searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley

Friday 3 December 2021 20:09 , Megan Sheets

Oakland County’s Fugitive Apprehension team is reportedly searching for Jennifer and James Crumbley to arrest them on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

A judge signed off on the charges just after 12pm on Friday, after which authorities said they would perform arrests.

However, as of 3pm the parents have not been located and have stopped communicating with their attorney, The Detroit News reported.

Cops hunt for ‘missing’ parents of Oxford shooting suspect after manslaughter charge

Parents’ attorney hasn’t heard from them

Friday 3 December 2021 20:28 , Megan Sheets

James and Jennifer Crumbley’s attorney, Shannon Smith, told police she hasn’t been able to reach them since charges were filed.

Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said his team spoke to Ms Smith earlier on Friday.

“Their attorney had assured us that if a decision was made to charge them, she would produce them for arrest,” Mr McCabe said.

After the charges were approved by a judge, McCabe said: “Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding.”

Sheriff says parents are trying to ‘flee'

Friday 3 December 2021 20:41 , Megan Sheets

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard shared his belief that James and Jennifer Crumbley are on the run as a fugitive team continued efforts to find the couple.

He told CNN their apparent lack of contact with their attorney indicates “their intent to flee”.

Mr Bouchard said the FBI and the US Marshal Service have joined the search, adding: “If they think they are going to get away with it, they are not.”

Cops ask for public’s help in locating parents

Friday 3 December 2021 20:55 , Megan Sheets

The Oakland County Sheriff’s office issued an alert asking the public for help in locating James and Jennifer Crumbley.

The alert featured new photos of the couple, who are believed to be driving a black 2021 Kia Seltos SUV with the Michigan license plate number DQG 5203.

“The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

James and Jennifer Crumbley in photos released by the Oakland County Sheriff (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)
James and Jennifer Crumbley in photos released by the Oakland County Sheriff (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

Parents’ lawyers deny they are on the run

Friday 3 December 2021 20:57 , Megan Sheets

Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley denied the couple are on the run as authorities seeking to serve them with search warrants said they were missing.

Attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman told The Independent:

“On Thursday night we contacted the Oakland County prosecutor to discuss this matter and to advise her that James and Jennifer Crumbley would be turning themselves in to be arraigned.

“Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges.The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety.

“They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports.”

Parents arraignment likely to be postponed

Friday 3 December 2021 21:30 , Megan Sheets

Jennifer and James Crumbley’s arraignment will likely be postponed as the court has closed for the day.

Court clerk Amy Luce told CNN if the couple were not in custody by 4.30pm ET, there would be no arraignment today.

If they are taken into custody later tonight or tomorrow they could be arraigned from the Oakland County Jail, Ms Luce said.

ICYMI: The four students killed in shooting

Friday 3 December 2021 21:50 , Megan Sheets

A tight-knit community in Michigan is mourning the loss of four students allegedly killed by a classmate who opened fire indiscriminately in the halls of their high school.

Three students were confirmed dead hours after the shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday: Tate Myre, 16; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and 14-year-old Hana St Juliana.

A fourth student, 17-year-old Justin Shilling, succumbed to injuries in a hospital on Wednesday.

The Independent’s Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has more:

Oxford school shooting: The four teens shot dead at random by suspect Ethan Crumbley

Victim Justin Shilling’s family releases statement

Friday 3 December 2021 22:20 , Megan Sheets

The family of Justin Shilling, a 17-year-old who died Wednesday from injuries sustained during the shooting, released the following statement on Friday:

“As the community we have loved and lived in reels from this tragedy we as a family have to mourn the loss of our son. Justin Charles who was so dear to our hearts was at the same time beloved of so many people in his school and his community. He was a Grandson, a brother, a cousin, a classmate, and without hesitation, a friend. The loss of Justin leaves such a gaping hole in our family that we cannot conceive of life without him. Our hearts are broken and yet still go out to the other families suffering this very same loss at this very same moment and which is beyond imagination, nothing any family should have to endure.

“As a family we would like to appeal to the public to keep the importance of what has been lost here in the forefront of our minds and the news. These are beautiful children’s lives, full of potential and with the expectation of so much more to come. Justin was a scholar, part of Oxford School Districts Baccalaureate program and a university scholarship awardee. He was a tireless worker with three jobs that he juggled along with his studies. He was lettered athlete and had bowled on the Oxford High School bowling team. His potential was boundless in life and yet in death he continues to give of himself as an organ doner. We feel the world can’t have too much of Justin.

“In closing we would just like to send our most sincere condolences to all the families involved in this tragedy and can say assuredly that we DO know your pain. And to the community thank you all for the out pouring of love and prayers. We can never express the gratitude we have in our hearts.”

Justin Shilling (Facebook)
Justin Shilling (Facebook)

Ethan Crumbley’s parents have missed their arraignment and are considered fugitives: officials

Friday 3 December 2021 22:50 , Josh Marcus

Ethan Crumbley’s parents, who were charged with involuntary manslaughter today for their alleged failure to stop the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, are officially fugitives, according to Oakland County undersheriff Michael McCabe.

The pair, who purchased the gun for the 15-year-old and helped him learn to use it, were scheduled to be arraigned at 4:30 pm ET at the latest on their charges.

Now, a fugitive task force is searching for them.

The pair’s attorneys, however, have denied they’re on the run.

Attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman told The Independent earlier today:

“On Thursday night we contacted the Oakland County prosecutor to discuss this matter and to advise her that James and Jennifer Crumbley would be turning themselves in to be arraigned.

“Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges. The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety.

“They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports.”

How rare are charges for parents of school shooters?

Friday 3 December 2021 23:10 , Josh Marcus

It is extremely rare for prosecutors to bring charges against the parents of school shooters, experts say.

A Washington Post analysis of 105 school shootings between 1999 and 2018 found that the guns used were taken from the shooters home - or that of a relative or friend - in 84 cases.

However, only four of those cases saw adult owners of the weapons face criminal charges.

In regards to the case against Jennifer and James Crumbley, NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos told the outlet: “They have a clear path to a conviction, if they have the evidence.

“Does this herald a new era of holding parents responsible for homicides committed by their children? Maybe.”

What did school officials know about Ethan Crumbley before the shooting took place?

Friday 3 December 2021 23:30 , Josh Marcus

Before the tragic school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, school officials were aware Ethan Crumbley was displaying troubling behaviours in class, such as looking up information about ammunition and drawing images of graphic violence. They were so alarmed they even called Mr Crumbley’s parents into the school the day of the shooting for a meeting.However, the superintendent of Michigan’s Oxford Community Schools has said Ethan’s actions prior to the shooting weren’t enough to warrant discipline from the school, and that the 15-year-old alleged shooter didn’t have a record of misbehaviour.Read more in Shweta Sharma’s report.

Michigan school chief says suspect was not disciplined on morning of shooting

READ: Police issue ‘BOLO’ alert for fugitive Crumbley parents’ SUV

Friday 3 December 2021 23:50 , Josh Marcus

Police in Michigan, now officially aided by the FBI and the US Marshals Service, are on the hunt for Jennifer and James Crumbley.

Alleged Oxford school shooter Ethan Crumbley’s parents were charged today with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter each, but haven’t appeared for their scheduled arraignment.

As a result, authorities have labelled them fugitives and put out a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) alert for the pair and their Kia SUV, even though the couple’s lawyers insist they aren’t on the run.

Community gathers outside hospital as Oxford shooting victim undergoes organ donation surgery

Saturday 4 December 2021 00:10 , Josh Marcus

A crowd of community members gathered outside the McClaren Hospital in Oxford, Michigan, on Friday in support of Justin Shillings, one of the four teens killed in the Oxford High School mass shooting earlier this week.

Mr Shillings is an organ donor, and the crowd was there to show their support for his family as the teen’s body was moved into surgery.

Journalist Allie Gross took a picture of the gathering, which she described as solemn and silent.

WATCH: Chilling video shows students hiding in classroom as Oxford shooter tries to enter

Saturday 4 December 2021 00:30 , Josh Marcus

The Oxford High School mass shooting already claimed the lives of four people and injured seven—and it could’ve been even worse, a video captured by a student reveals.

The clip, posted on TikTok, shows students hiding out in a classroom, refusing to open the door for the alleged shooter, even though he claims he is the sheriff.

US Marshals task force joins hunt for Ethan Crumbley’s parents

Saturday 4 December 2021 00:50 , Josh Marcus

The US Marshals Service, the federal agency responsible for judicial security and apprehending federal fugitives, has officially joined the hunt for Jennifer and James Crumbley, who have been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the Oxford High School mass shooting but haven’t shown for their planned arraignment.

“The US Marshals have adopted the case of the search for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the accused Oxford HS (Mich.) shooter,” the agency wrote in a statement on Friday. “The USMS Detroit Fugitive Apprehension team is working in conjunction with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office on the search.”

WATCH: Ethan Crumbley’s parents appeared to suspect he would commit mass shooting

Saturday 4 December 2021 01:10 , Josh Marcus

Following the mass shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan this week, the inevitable question on many minds was: were there any warning signs that people missed before the tragic killings?According to local prosecutors, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the alleged shooter, were apparently suspicious enough that their son could be at risk of committing violence that when they heard news of the shooting, Mr Crumbley’s mother Jennifer texted her son, “Don’t do it.”

What policy solutions could’ve stopped the Oxford mass shooting?

Saturday 4 December 2021 01:40 , Josh Marcus

During a press conference on Friday, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said that alleged shooter Ethan Crumbley was able to easily take his father’s gun out of an unlocked drawer the day of the mass shooting.

Other states and countries have tried numerous ways of reducing the risk of guns falling into the hands of young people, from safe storage rules to outright bans on firearms.

Here are some promising solutions that The Independent has covered in recent years.

These 4 countries have nearly eliminated gun deaths — here's what the US can learn

Oregon bans guns from Capitol, demands safe storage in homes

Commentators compare missing Crumbley parents to fugitive Brian Laundrie

Saturday 4 December 2021 02:10 , Josh Marcus

Social media commentators are comparing Ethan Crumbley’s missing parents to Brian Laundrie, the person of interest of interest and boyfriend of murdered travel vlogger Gabby Petito, who fled police before dying by suicide after a nationwide manhunt. Here’s some of our coverage on Laundrie:

Brian Laundrie shot himself in the head, family attorney says

Everything we know about Brian Laundrie as his remains are identified

And here’s what some commentators online are saying about the parallels between the two cases:

ICYMI: ‘Ethan don’t do it’: Mother’s texts to Michigan shooting suspect revealed as parents charged with manslaughter

Saturday 4 December 2021 02:40 , Josh Marcus

The mother of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old boy accused of killing four classmates at his Oxford, Michigan high school, sent him texts warning him not to get caught after the boy was found reading about ammunition on his phone while in class and telling him “don’t so it” after initial reports of shots fired at the school became public.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has the details.

Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley’s mom texted him ‘don’t do it’

Everything we know about Ethan Crumbley’s parents, who have been charged with manslaughter

Saturday 4 December 2021 03:10 , Josh Marcus

Prosecutors in Michigan have charged the parents of alleged Oxford high school shooter Ethan Crumbley with four charges each of involuntary manslaughter.

During a press conference on Friday announcing the charges, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said it was “impossible not to conclude” that the 15-year-old’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, could have done more to stop the mass shooting, which killed four students and injured seven people altogether.Here’s what we know about the Crumbleys, who haven’t been located and missed their scheduled arraignment on Friday.

Everything we know about Ethan Crumbley’s parents, who were charged with manslaughter

Oxford high school shooting is the latest in a record two years of guns and violence

Saturday 4 December 2021 03:40 , Josh Marcus

The mass shooting at a Michigan high school this week is the latest in a two-year stretch full of record gun sales and gun violence.

Here’s how The Independent has covered this alarming trend:

US gun sales break records as shops selling firearms declared essential

2020 confirmed as America’s deadliest gun violence year in decades

Americans buy record number of guns ahead of election

Record gun sales in January after Capitol insurrection

Gun sales continuing to spike as officials say they fear summer of violence with crime rates rising

How lawmakers in Washington are reacting to the Oxford shooting

Saturday 4 December 2021 04:00 , Josh Marcus

The mass shooting in Oxford, Michigan, this week has shocked communities all across the country, Washington, DC, included.

Lawmakers like US Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Chris Murphy of Connecticut both gave impassioned speeches in Congress about the killings.

Watch below:

ICYMI: The charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley

Saturday 4 December 2021 05:36 , Stuti Mishra

In a rare move, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, accused in the Oxford High School shooting, have been charged for involuntary manslaughter on the grounds that they failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite clear signals.

James and Jennifer Crumbley bought a gun and made it available to their son as well as resisted his removal from school when they were called in a few hours before the shooting, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said.

A teacher saw Crumbley searching for ammunition on his phone when the parents were called. The mother subsequently contacted her son and told him in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” according to the prosecutor.

She added that the charges against the couple are the strongest allowed under Michigan law.

Parents in the US are rarely charged in shooting incidents where a minor is involved, despite the fact that most minors get guns from a parent or an adult in the house, according to experts.

A Washington Post analysis of 105 school shootings between 1999 and 2018 found that the guns used were taken from the shooter’s home - or that of a relative or friend - in 84 cases.

However, only four of those cases saw adult owners of the weapons face criminal charges.

NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos told the outlet that the case can perhaps “herald a new era of holding parents responsible for homicides committed by their children”.

The couple was scheduled to appear at an arraignment on Friday but they did not turn up. The police are now looking for them.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports on the seriousness of the charges against the couple and what punishment they could face.

Ethan Crumbley’s parents charged with involuntary manslaughter

'We’re in this together', students, essential workers gather to support Justin Shilling's parents

Saturday 4 December 2021 06:34 , Stuti Mishra

Crowd of hundreds gathered outside Michigan’s McLaren Oakland hospital where the body of Justin Shilling, one of the four victims of the Oxford High School shooting, was kept on life support.

While his parents said their goodbyes to their 17-year-old son and the body was taken in for surgery, community members gathered outside with signboards for a honour walk — a common practice when a patient’s family chooses to donate organs.

The crowd consisted of students from Oxford High School, their friends, medical staff and emergency workers. Many of them wept and clapped for the Shillings as they appeared briefly on an overhead walkway. Some children held signs that read “Oxford Strong, RIP Justin”.

“We’re in this together” was written on the back of the jacket of a student who had gathered at the hospital.

Here are the highlights from the gathering:

Crowd gathers outside hospital of organ-donating victim of Michigan school shooting

SUV belonging to Crumbleys found as police continue manhunt

Saturday 4 December 2021 06:57 , Stuti Mishra

An SUV believed to be belonging to the parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley has been spotted by the police in Detroit’s east side area.

James and Jennifer Crumbley have been missing since they were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday.

Officers identified the vehicle, a black Kia SUV with number DQG 5203, around 1am on Saturday when they were searching for the couple, deputy chief Rudy Harper of the Detroit Police Department told the Detroit Free Press. The vehicle was empty.

A search is underway in Detroit after a woman believed to be Jennifer Crumbley was seen walking away from the vehicle, according to journalist Brian Entin quoting an official with the Oakland county sheriff’s office.

The Crumbleys, who prosecutors say bought a gun for their minor son and were aware of his suspicious behaviour before the shooting, were scheduled to appear for their arraignment on Friday afternoon but never showed up.

While their attorney claims they haven’t fled and had contacted the police on Friday, several agencies including the US marshals are looking for the couple and a reward has been offered for any leads.

Parents of high school shooting accused arrested

Saturday 4 December 2021 07:52 , Stuti Mishra

James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley who is accused in the Oxford High School shooting, have been arrested in Detroit early on Saturday after their SUV was found during the search, officials have said.

The couple was found on the first floor of an industrial building on Bellevue Street, the spot where the car was seen around midnight on Friday.

Police say the owner of the building identified the black Kia SUV from the information shared by the police which led to their arreast.

“The owner of the building arrived and saw the car in the back parking lot, knew it didn’t belong there, went to investigate," Undersheriff Mike McCabe told the Detroit Free Press on the finding of the car.

The couple was arrested at about 1.45pm.

More details here:

Parents of alleged Michigan school shooter arrested in Detroit, authorities say

Why have Ethan Crumbley’s parents been arrested?

Saturday 4 December 2021 08:21 , Thomas Kingsley

Ethan Crumbley’s parents have been arrested after not appearing in court on Friday prompting a manhunt in search for them.

Jennifer and James Crumbley had been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald’s office filed the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley, the Associated Press reported on Friday, three days after their 15-year-old son allegedly opened fire in the halls of Oxford High School, killing four classmates.

Ms McDonald announced the charges at a press conference on Friday stating that “there are other individuals who contributed to this”. “It is my intention to hold them accountable.”

Officials said the parents had ignored warning signs and called some of their actions prior to the shooting “egregious”.

Our reporter Graig Graziosi has more details below:

Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley’s mom texted him ‘don’t do it’

‘Copycat’ threats after Oxford shooting spur school closures, police say

Saturday 4 December 2021 08:50 , Thomas Kingsley

A deluge of “copycat threats” following Tuesday's shooting at Oxford High School prompted warnings from Oakland County law enforcement officials that false claims will be rooted out and prosecuted.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at least 60 schools across the state as far away as Bay City had closed Thursday and Friday amid shooting threats.

Authorities had anticipated a flood of false threats, he said, but the numbers are so "completely off the charts" that they are straining resources and his staff has made a spreadsheet to track them.

Waterford resident Andrew Baldwin, cousin of Madisyn Baldwin, places candles at the base of a a memorial with his 5-year-old daughter Ariyah Baldwin (AP)
Waterford resident Andrew Baldwin, cousin of Madisyn Baldwin, places candles at the base of a a memorial with his 5-year-old daughter Ariyah Baldwin (AP)

ICYMI: Everything we know about deadly Michigan attack and suspect Ethan Crumbley

Saturday 4 December 2021 09:09 , Thomas Kingsley

The Michigan school shooting has sent shockwaves through the world as four teenagers were killed and several others injured. The fatal incident has restarted conversations about mass shootings in the US and controversial gun laws in some states.

The suspected shooter, 15-year-old sophomore Ethan Crumbley, was taken into custody by police in response to the incident at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of 22,000 people 30 miles north of Detroit, and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered.

On Wednesday Mr Crumbley appeared virtually in court to hear charges of terrorism and first degree murder, to which he pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors accused him of “methodically and deliberately” firing on his fellow students.

Our reporter Joe Sommerlad has more details below on everything we know about the shooter and the incident.

Everything we know about the Oxford High School shooting

Crowd gathers outside hospital of organ-donating victim of Michigan school shooting

Saturday 4 December 2021 09:42 , Thomas Kingsley

A crowd of hundreds gathered outside a Michigan hospital on Friday in support of Justin Shilling, one of the victims of the Oxford High School mass shooting earlier this week, as his body was moved into surgery for organ donation.

The 17-year-old was proclaimed dead on Wednesday, a day after the fatal shooting. Four students were killed and seven others were injured after their classmate allegedly opened fire indiscriminately in the halls of the high school.

Justin’s family has decided to donate his organs to Florida-based NGO Gift of Life. His body was kept on life support in the McLaren Oakland Hospital until the organs could be harvested.

Our reporter Stuti Mishra has the full report below:

Crowd gathers outside hospital of organ-donating victim of Michigan school shooting

ICYMI: Michigan school chief says suspect was not disciplined on morning of shooting in lengthy video statement

Saturday 4 December 2021 10:20 , Thomas Kingsley

The superintendent of Michigan’s Oxford Community Schools has said the 15-year-old suspect in Tuesday’s mass shooting was not disciplined during a meeting in the school’s office earlier on the day of the killings.

Tim Throne released his first lengthy statement on the shooting late on Thursday, an almost 13-minute long video posted to YouTube.

“To say that I am still in shock and numb is probably an understatement. These events that have occurred will not define us,” a stoney-faced Mr Throne said.

Our reporter Shweta Sharma has the full report below:

Michigan school chief says suspect was not disciplined on morning of shooting

Thousands join vigil in Oxford for school shooting victims

Saturday 4 December 2021 10:49 , Thomas Kingsley

Thousands of locals in the Oxford community came together to mourn the school shooting victims on Tuesday which saw four students killed and several others injured.

The community has been at a standstill since the shooting leading to dozens of school closures in the area amid one of the biggest mass shooting cases in America this year.

Pictures show police surround parents of alleged shooter before arresting them

Saturday 4 December 2021 11:19 , Thomas Kingsley

Law enforcement surround the building where James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of suspected Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, were arrested on December 4, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan.

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ICYMI: Ethan Crumbley ‘had gun with him’ at parent-teacher meeting hours before massacre

Saturday 4 December 2021 13:25 , Thomas Kingsley

The teen accused of carrying out a deadly shooting at his Michigan high school allegedly had the gun in his backpack during a meeting with administrators and his parents just three hours before the attack.

Ethan Crumbley, 15, is accused of shooting dead four classmates and wounding seven others at Oxford High School on Tuesday afternoon with a gun his father purchased four days prior.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald on Thursday said investigators believe Mr Crumbley had the gun in his backpack when he arrived at school that morning.

Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley ‘had gun with him’ at meeting before attack

Pictures show parents of alleged school shooter booked into custody

Saturday 4 December 2021 13:55 , Thomas Kingsley

Booking images released by the Oakland County Sheriff showing James Crumbley (L) and Jennifer Crumbley (R) who the Sheriff advises are the parents of accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley and have been taken into custody after a daylong search and are charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in connection with the shooting days after 15-year-old student Ethan Crumbley allegedly killed four classmates before surrendering to police at Oxford, High School in Oxford, Michigan

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James and Jennifer Crumbley plead not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter

Saturday 4 December 2021 14:52 , Thomas Kingsley

James and Jennifer Crumbley plead not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in connection to their son’s alleged shooting rampage at Oxford HS that led to deaths of four students.

The couple appeared at an arraignment in 52-3 District Court charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, a 15-year felony, after being arrested by Detroit Police around 1:30am today.

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Oxford school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley’s mother weeps as she and husband plead not guilty

Saturday 4 December 2021 15:20 , Thomas Kingsley

The mother of Michigan high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley wept as she and her husband pleaded not guilty at their arraignment, hours after they were arrested following a huge overnight manhunt.

They both pleaded not guilty to all the charges via video link from Oakland County Jail - the same jail where their son has been held since his arrest on multiple murder charges.

Ms Crumbley sobbed and covered her face with her hand as she said she understood the charges and entered her plea.

Our reporter Rachel Sharp has the full story below:

Ethan Crumbley’s mother weeps as she pleads not guilty following arrest

Court sets bond at $500,000 for each of suspect’s parents

Saturday 4 December 2021 15:39 , Nathan Place

Judge Julie Nicholson has set the bond for each of Ethan Crumbley’s parents at $500,000. She also required them to wear GPS monitors, saying they posed a flight risk.

Police said earlier today that they found James and Jennifer Crumbley “hiding in a warehouse” in Detroit.

Crumbleys both charged with manslaughter

Saturday 4 December 2021 15:50 , Nathan Place

James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, have each been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter – one for each of the deceased victims.

Both parents have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Read the full statement by Crumbleys’ lawyers

Saturday 4 December 2021 16:01 , Nathan Place

The two lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley have released a statement saying they had “fully intended to turn them in” before they were apprehended by police.

“While it’s human nature to want to find someone to blame or something to point to or something that gives us answers, the charges in this case are intended to make an example and send a message,” attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman said. “The prosecution has very much cherry-picked and slanted specific facts to further their narrative to do that.”

Read the full statement here:

Crumbleys’ lawyers insist ‘they were never fleeing prosecution’

Saturday 4 December 2021 16:09 , Nathan Place

The lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley insisted during their arraignment that the couple had not been fleeing when they were found by police in a Detroit warehouse on Saturday.

“Mr Crumbley, as with Mrs Crumbley, is not a flight risk, he is not a danger to the community,” attorney Mariell Lehman told the judge. “There's no risk that they're going to flee prosecution. They were never fleeing prosecution.”

Read more about the Crumbleys’ dramatic arraignment

Saturday 4 December 2021 16:19 , Nathan Place

The mother of Michigan high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley wept as she and her husband pleaded not guilty at their arraignment, hours after they were arrested following a huge overnight manhunt.

Jennifer and James Crumbley were arraigned on Saturday morning with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter in connection to Tuesday’s mass shooting, where their 15-year-old son allegedly shot dead four students and wounded seven other people at Oxford High School.

They both pleaded not guilty to all the charges via videolink from Oakland County Jail - the same jail where their son has been held since his arrest on multiple counts of murder and terrorism.

Ms Crumbley sobbed and covered her face with her hand as she said she understood the charges and entered her plea.

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Ethan Crumbley’s mother weeps as she pleads not guilty following arrest

Suspect’s social media had been filled with warning signs, officials say

Saturday 4 December 2021 16:34 , Nathan Place

Police sifting through Ethan Crumbley’s social media say he had posted numerous disturbing posts before the shooting at Oxford High School.

Hours before the shooting, Mr Crumbley penned what’s been perceived as a “countdown” on social media, according to Fox 2 Detroit.

“Now I become death – destroyer of worlds – see you tomorrow Oxford,” a post on his since-deleted Instagram account on Monday allegedly read.

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Michigan suspect posted ominous messages before shooting, reports say

How police caught the Crumbleys in Detroit

Saturday 4 December 2021 16:40 , Nathan Place

The parents of Ethan Crumbley, the suspect in the Oxford High School shooting, were arrested in Detroit on Saturday morning after they failed to appear at their arraignment the day before.

Detroit police said in the early hours of Saturday that 15-year-old Ethan’s parents had been taken into custody.

Officers found the couple at what “looked like a residential building,” Detroit police spokesman Rudy Harper said.

“We arrested them,” Harper said when asked if the parents turned themselves in.

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Parents of alleged Michigan school shooter arrested in Detroit, authorities say

Ethan Crumbley drew violent imagery on morning of shooting, prosecutor says

Saturday 4 December 2021 16:57 , Nathan Place

Prosecutors say that on the morning of the Oxford High School shooting, a teacher spotted a drawing by suspect Ethan Crumbley that included a gun, a bullet, a bleeding person, and disturbing notes.

“The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” some of the words allegedly read. “Blood everywhere.”

School officials immediately called in Ethan’s parents, but the couple refused to take their son home from school, prosecutor Karen McDonald says.

Before their arrest, Crumbleys withdrew $4,000 and turned phones off

Saturday 4 December 2021 17:16 , Nathan Place

After charges were announced against James and Jennifer Crumbley, the couple withdrew $4,000 in cash and turned off their cell phones – possibly so they couldn’t be located.

Police eventually found the pair in a warehouse in Detroit, after they missed their arraignment. The Crumbleys’ lawyers say they were not fleeing prosecution.

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Ethan Crumbley’s mother weeps as she pleads not guilty following arrest

Prosecutors say Ethan Crumbley had gun with him at parent-teacher meeting

Saturday 4 December 2021 17:40 , Nathan Place

The teen accused of carrying out a deadly shooting at his Michigan high school allegedly had the gun in his backpack during a meeting with administrators and his parents just three hours before the attack.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald on Thursday said the teen brought the backpack with the gun into a meeting with school officials and his parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley.

The meeting was called after a teacher reported “behaviour they felt was concerning” from Mr Crumbley. A different teacher had raised nearly identical concerns the day before, after which Mr Crumbley received “counselling” from school officials, who left a call with his parents.

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Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley ‘had gun with him’ at meeting before attack

Detroit police thank everyone involved in Crumbleys’ arrests

Saturday 4 December 2021 18:00 , Nathan Place

The Detroit Police Department has posted a note of thanks to all the law enforcement officials involved in arresting Jennifer and James Crumbley.

“Chief James White would like to thank all of the officers who bravely responded last night to 1111 Bellevue,” the DPD said in a tweet. “Thank you to the incredibly hardworking women and men of DPD. Also, thanks to Border Patrol, @mspmetrodet, US Marshals, and Oakland County Sheriff's.”

The parents of accused shooter Ethan Crumbley were apprehended at a warehouse in Detroit earlier today after they missed their arraignment.

Crowd gathers outside hospital to support organ-donating victim

Saturday 4 December 2021 18:20 , Nathan Place

A crowd of hundreds gathered outside a Michigan hospital on Friday in support of Justin Shilling, one of the victims of the Oxford High School mass shooting earlier this week, as his body was moved into surgery for organ donation.

The 17-year-old was proclaimed dead on Wednesday, a day after the fatal shooting. Four students were killed and seven others were injured after their classmate allegedly opened fire indiscriminately in the halls of the high school.

Justin’s family has decided to donate his organs to the Florida-based NGO Gift of Life. His body was kept on life support in the McLaren Oakland Hospital until the organs could be harvested.

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Crowd gathers outside hospital of organ-donating victim of Michigan school shooting

Prosecutor says Crumbleys ‘could have stopped’ shooting

Saturday 4 December 2021 18:42 , Nathan Place

At James and Jennifer Crumbley’s arraignment on Saturday, prosecutor Karen McDonald excoriated the two parents for failing to prevent the shooting their son is accused of carrying out.

“This is a very serious, horrible, terrible murder and shooting, and it has affected the entire community, and these two individuals could have stopped it,” Ms McDonald told the judge. “They had every reason to know that he was dangerous, and they gave him a weapon and they didn’t secure it and they allowed him free access to it.”

Detroit police chief decries scourge of US shootings: ‘We’re tired of this’

Saturday 4 December 2021 19:00 , Nathan Place

At a press conference just after the capture of James and Jennifer Crumbley, Detroit Police Chief James White lamented the long chain of shootings that have plagued the United States.

“We’re tired of this,” Mr White said. “This is awful.”

Everything we know about Ethan Crumbley’s parents

Saturday 4 December 2021 19:30 , Nathan Place

Officials say Ethan Crumbley’s parents bought him a gun, practiced shooting it with him, ignored warning signs that he was considering violence, and went on the run when charges were announced against them.

The Crumbleys have pleaded not guilty, and deny that they ever fled.

Here’s everything we know so far about the couple:

Everything we know about Ethan Crumbley’s parents, who were charged with manslaughter

‘Ethan don’t do it’: Mother’s texts to shooting suspect revealed

Saturday 4 December 2021 20:00 , Nathan Place

As news broke of the shooting at Oxford High School, Ethan Crumbley’s mother sent him a text: “Ethan don’t do it.”

The message was revealed by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald during a press conference on Friday, as she announced charges against both of the suspect’s parents.

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Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley’s mom texted him ‘don’t do it’

Detroit police say 911 caller led them to Crumbleys

Saturday 4 December 2021 20:30 , Nathan Place

An unnamed tipster helped police find James and Jennifer Crumbley, the Detroit Police Department says.

“Lt Scott Hall and Sgt Chris Rabior of 7th Precinct were some of the first on the scene and made a quick decision to set up a perimeter following a tip from a 911 caller,” the DPD said on Twitter. “This would not be possible without our community. Thank you, #OneDetroit!”

Police say ‘a call about the suspect vehicle’ led to Crumbleys’ arrest

Saturday 4 December 2021 21:00 , Nathan Place

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says it was a call about “the suspect vehicle” that led Detroit police to James and Jennifer Crumbley.

“Kudos to the Detroit Police Department for a great response to a call about the suspect vehicle,” the OCSO said on Facebook. “We wish to thank all of the agencies that assisted Detroit and our fugitive apprehension team on scene including Border Patrol, MSP, and the US Marshals.”

Separately, the Detroit Police Department has said that an anonymous 911 caller gave a crucial tip that led to the arrest.

GOP congressman and family pose with guns for Christmas photo days after shooting

Saturday 4 December 2021 21:29 , Nathan Place

Republican congressman Thomas Massie has sparked outrage by posting a Christmas photo of his family posing with a trove of firearms, just days after four students were murdered in America’s deadliest school shooting since 2018.

The Kentucky congressman shared the family portrait on Twitter on Saturday, along with the caption: “Merry Christmas! PS Santa, please bring ammo.”

Mr Massie is seen posing with his wife and members of their family in front of a Christmas tree in a holiday card-style image.

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GOP Rep Thomas Massie poses with guns in Christmas family photo after school shooting

Oakland sheriff says Crumbleys were clearly ‘hiding’ when they were found

Saturday 4 December 2021 22:00 , Nathan Place

Jennifer and James Crumbley were clearly hiding when police found them in a Detroit warehouse, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said at a press conference.

“I’m not going to get into specifics, but I think where they were and how they were seems to support the position they were hiding and they weren’t looking for surrendering at that point” Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters.

Sheriff says Oxford is ‘inundated with threats’ following school shooting

Saturday 4 December 2021 22:30 , Nathan Place

Officials say Oxford has been “inundated with threats” since the shooting, and a vigil for the victims descended into chaos on Friday night.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press conference on Saturday afternoon that the tight-knit town in Michigan had been rocked by a “huge spike in threats” in the aftermath of Tuesday’s massacre at Oxford High School.

“We’re inundated with threats right now,” he said. “We have threats against the candlelight vigil last night. We’ve had threats against memorials, we had threats against individuals, deputies or law enforcement... It’s absolutely absurd that after a tragedy we see a huge spike in threats, but that’s what we’re seeing.”

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Oxford ‘inundated with threats’ after deadly school shooting, says sheriff

Ethan Crumbley was ‘actually looking forward to’ shooting, sheriff says

Saturday 4 December 2021 23:23 , Nathan Place

Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley had been “looking forward to” carrying out the “premeditated” massacre at his high school, according to authorities.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a press conference on Saturday afternoon that there is evidence that the 15-year-old sophomore student planned the attack in advance.

“We have clear evidence it was premeditated and he was actually looking forward to it,” he said.

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Sheriff: Ethan Crumbley was ‘looking forward to’ premeditated Oxford school shooting

Ethan Crumbley’s parents must be held ‘accountable,’ prosecutor says

Saturday 4 December 2021 23:30 , Nathan Place

The parents of Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley must be held “accountable” for the massacre that left four students dead and can’t be trusted not to go on the run again, according to prosecutors.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald told the court during James and Jennifer Crumbley’s arraignment on Saturday morning that the couple knew their son was “dangerous” and “could have stopped” him from carrying out Tuesday’s mass shooting at Oxford High School.

“This is a very serious, horrible, terrible murder and shooting, and it has affected the entire community, and these two individuals could have stopped it,” she said.

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Ethan Crumbley’s parents must be held ‘accountable’, says prosecutor

Crumbleys’ lawyers insist they were going to turn themselves in

00:30 , Nathan Place

Attorneys for the parents of the Oxford school shooting suspect have insisted that the couple planned to turn themselves in to authorities – despite police finding them hiding in a warehouse close to the Canadian border after they skipped their arraignment on Friday.

Shannon Smith, an attorney for James and Jennifer Crumbley, told the court at their arraignment on Saturday morning that they had not been on the run and that it was “just a matter of logistics” as to when and how they would surrender.

“Our clients were absolutely going to turn themselves in,” she claimed.

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Ethan Crumbley’s parents’ lawyers insist they were going to turn themselves in

Watch the full police press conference on the Crumbleys' arrest

01:30 , Nathan Place

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard explained at a press conference on Saturday how Oakland sheriff’s deputies, the Detroit Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies worked together to capture James and Jennifer Crumbley.

“Everybody pitched in,” Mr Bouchard said. “We were confident we’d be able to find them in short order, and because of that teamwork we did.”

Watch the full press conference here:

Investigators list all the red flags around Ethan Crumbley

02:30 , Nathan Place

Investigators say they’ve uncovered a “mountain of evidence” that Ethan Crumbley plotted the shooting he is accused of perpetrating well in advance, outlining plans in a journal and sharing his intentions in two videos filmed before the shooting.

His social media accounts were allegedly studded with menacing posts, including a photo of the handgun he used in his rampage and an apparent countdown warning: “Now I become death – destroyer of worlds – see you tomorrow Oxford.”

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Ethan Crumbley: Red flags raised before Michigan school shooting spark scrutiny

Cops crack down on ‘copycat threats’ and fake Ethan Crumbley social media accounts

03:30 , Nathan Place

Several social media accounts pretending to be suspect Ethan Crumbley have cropped up in the wake of Tuesday’s mass shooting in Michigan.

Mr Crumbley’s accounts were removed from public view shortly after his arrest at Oxford High School, only to be replaced by imposters posing as him in a bid to spread misinformation, police say.

It comes as dozens of high schools across Michigan have cancelled in-person classes this week due to “copycat threats” circulating online.

Michigan State Police Lt addressed the fake accounts on Thursday and acknowledged that the people behind them are not technically committing a crime.

“Unfortunately, poor taste is not against the law,” he told the Detroit Free Press.

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Michigan school shooting: Cops crack down on fake accounts in Ethan Crumbley’s name

Everything we know about shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley

04:30 , Nathan Place

Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with one count of terrorism, four counts of first-degree murder, and several other charges.

Police say investigators are examining the teenager’s smartphone and social media posts for clues as to the reason for the attack, which is still unknown.

“We can’t get the motive from the suspect that we have in custody, but we think we’ve got a path to get a lot of supportive information as to how and why this occurred,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has said.

Here’s everything we know about the suspect so far:

Everything we know about Michigan shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley

Crumbleys may have been trying to flee to Canada, police say

05:30 , Nathan Place

The fugitive parents of Michigan high school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley were found hiding out in a warehouse and may have been trying to flee to Canada to escape charges in connection to Tuesday’s mass shooting, according to authorities.

Jennifer and James Crumbley were arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning after authorities were tipped off about their location at a commercial building at 1111 Bellevue Street in Detroit – less than a mile from the Canadian border.

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Ethan Crumbley’s fugitive parents found ‘hiding in warehouse’

Third party to investigate events at Oxford High School

06:58 , Stuti Mishra

An outside investigation has been called to look into the events at Oxford High School that occurred before the deadly school shooting on Tuesday, the Michigan district’s superintendent said on Saturday.

The decision was taken because the parents have asked questions about “the school’s version of events leading up to the shooting,” Oxford community schools superintendent Tim Throne said in a statement.

“It’s critically important to the victims, our staff and our entire community that a full and transparent accounting be made,” Mr Throne said.

The decision comes after prosecutor Karen McDonald detailed the various warning signals in Ethan Crumbley’s behaviour, including search for gun ammunition, violent drawings and suicidal thoughts, that eventually led up to the fatal shooting that left four students dead and six other students and a teacher wounded.

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GOP congressman poses with guns for Christmas photo

07:40 , Stuti Mishra

Republican congressman Thomas Massie has sparked outrage for posting a Christmas photo of his family posing with a trove of firearms, just days after four students were murdered in America’s deadliest school shooting since 2018.

The Kentucky congressman shared the family portrait on Twitter on Saturday, along with the caption: “Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo.”

Mr Massie is seen posing with his wife and members of their family in front of a Christmas tree in a holiday card-style image. All seven people in the photograph are holding weapons as they beam at the camera.

The Republican faced an instant backlash for his social media post, coming just four days after suspected teenage gunman Ethan Crumbley opened fire at his high school in Michigan.

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GOP Rep Thomas Massie poses with guns in Christmas family photo after school shooting

Key moments of Oxford high school shooting case

08:26 , Stuti Mishra

The deadly shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday has so far led to three people being charged — first accused 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who allegedly opened fire at students and school staff, and his parents James and Jennifer Crumbley, who face charges of involuntary manslaughter.

All three are in the custody of the police now. Ethan’s parents were caught in the east of side Detroit early on Saturday morning when they were allegedly trying to run away.

Investigators say they’ve uncovered a “mountain of evidence” that Ethan Crumbley plotted the shooting he is accused of perpetrating well in advance, outlining plans in a journal and sharing his intentions in two videos filmed before the shooting.

His behaviour in the hours before the shooting also had several warning signs including his his search of gun ammunition on the phone, violent drawings and suicidal thoughts that penned down.

Here’s everything that has happened so far in the case:

Key moments surrounding Michigan high school shootings

Police looking into booking the person who helped Crumbleys flee

09:25 , Stuti Mishra

Charges may be filed against a person suspected of helping the alleged Michigan school shooter’s parents purportedly try to escape from law enforcement, it has been revealed.

In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, appear to have been aided in hiding from authorities inside an art studio in Detroit.

Sheriff Bouchard said the couple were “assisted” in entering the warehouse at 1111 Bellevue Street after they appeared to go on the run on Friday after being charged in connection to Tuesday’s high school massacre.

Rachel Sharp has more:

Ethan Crumbley: Charges may be brought against person who helped parents flee

11:36 , Katy Clifton

The Michigan Wolverines have paid tribute to the victims of the school shooting.

“The shape is Oxford’s ‘Block O,’ meant to honor all victims, survivors, and community members,” the team said of an addition to their uniform yesterday.

“The ‘TM’ and ‘42’ pay tribute to football player Tate Myre. Tate, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling, whose lives were senselessly lost earlier this week, are represented by four blue hearts.”

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