The 15-year-old shooter who opened fire on his Michigan high school was identified by authorities as Ethan Crumbley at a press conference on Wednesday.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Mr Crumbley will be charged as an adult with one count of terrorism, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Ms McDonald said the charges stemmed from “undeniable” evidence that the attack was premeditated.
The charges were announced after death toll from the tragedy at Oxford High School rose to four as a 17-year-old boy, Justin Shilling, succumbed to his injuries. Three other students - 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St Juliana, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin - were confirmed dead on Tuesday and seven other victims were wounded.
Mr Crumbley, who is now in police custody, is believed to have used a semi-automatic handgun his father purchased on Black Friday. He was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon and ordered to be held without bond at Oakland County Jail.
The teen allegedly posted a chilling countdown on Instagram hours before the shooting, writing: “Now I become death -- destroyer of worlds -- see you tomorrow Oxford.”
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Voices: The sexist truth about gun violence a lot of powerful people don’t want you to know
01:50 , Josh Marcus
As the nation ponders what led to the horrific shooting in Oxford, Michigan, it’s worth thinking about the big-picture trends in gun violence across America.
Earlier this year, Carli Pierson had this powerful Voices piece on the under-reported gender dynamics in many mass shootings.
In it, she describes, how according to Everytown Research & Policy, in more than half of mass shootings over the past ten years, the perpetrator shot a current or former intimate partner or family member in their murderous frenzy. Every month, about 57 women are shot and killed in an act of domestic violence in the United States. A million women alive today have reported being shot, or shot at, by their partners, former partners or a family member and 4.5 million women have reported being threatened with a gun by an intimate partner.
Read more below.
WATCH: Ethan Crumbley appears in court accused of ‘methodically’ gunning down fellow students
01:30 , Josh Marcus
Oxford school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley appeared for the first time in court on Wednesday, where he was accused of “methodically” killing four students and injuring numerous others at a high school in Michigan.
Watch video of his appearance below.
Ethan Crumbley’s mother wrote letter to Trump praising support for guns
01:12 , Josh Marcus
Wednesday marked the first time that Oxford, Michigan, school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley, 15, appeared in court, yielding new details about the alleged shooter, including his family’s supportive stance towards guns.
Jennifer Crumbley, 43, Mr Crumbley’s mother, wrote an open letter to then president-elect Donald Trump on her blog in November 2016.
“As a female and a Realtor, thank you for allowing my right to bear arms,” she wrote. “Allowing me to be protected if I show a home to someone with bad intentions. Thank you for respecting that Amendment.”
The semi-automatic hand gun Mr Crumbley used to allegedly kill four students and wound many more was legally purchased by his father, James Crumbley, Oakland County sheriff Michael Bouchard said on Wednesday.
Prosecutors have indicated they may be considering additional charges against Ethan Crumbley’s parents.
Ethan Crumbley arrives in county jail
00:50 , Josh Marcus
Oxford high school mass shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley has arrived at Oakland County Jail in Michigan for processing.
The 15-year-old, who was charged as an adult with murder and terrorism after allegedly killing four students and injuring many more, was moved from a juvenile facility, after prosecutors argued he posed a threat to the other youths inside.
Another day, another shooting in America
00:30 , Josh Marcus
As the country was reeling from the mass shooting in Oxford, Michigan, which killed four people, another four people were shot in Georgia on Tuesday during a domestic disturbance.
Here’s our report on what happened.
WATCH: Michigan governor demands gun reform
00:10 , Josh Marcus
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer demanded action on “the gun violence public health crisis” in a video statement on Wednesday afternoon.
“Yesterday was every student’s, teacher’s and parent’s worst nightmare. The death of multiple students and the shooting of others, including a teacher, at Oxford High School is horrific,” she said in the video posted to Twitter.
“This is a time for Michiganders to come together for the Oxford community. We have to wrap our arms around this town that’s going through unimaginable pain and heartbreak.
“We have to build a state where no one is afraid to go school, or work, or house of worship, or even their own home.”
Watch the governor’s full statement below:
For Hana, Tate, Madisyn, Justin, and their families. For the entire Oxford community.
Michigan stands together. pic.twitter.com/gbsRdK58qO
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) December 1, 2021
‘Now I become death’: Michigan suspect posted ominous messages before shooting, reports say
Wednesday 1 December 2021 23:50 , Josh Marcus
“Now I become death – destroyer of worlds – see you tomorrow Oxford,” he wrote menacingly on Monday, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
Oakland County prosecutors identified the suspect on Wednesday as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, a sophomore at Oxford High School. He is being charged as an adult, and faces four counts of murder, one count of terrorism, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and other charges.
The Independent’s Nathan Place has the story.
Ethan Crumbley to be transferred out of juvenile detention because of security risks
Wednesday 1 December 2021 23:20 , Josh Marcus
Ethan Crumbley, the suspect in the brutal Oxford, Michigan, high school shooting, will be moved out of juvenile detention and will not get bond, a court decided on Wednesday.
Prosecutors asked that the 15-year-old suspect, who has been charged with murder and terrorism after allegedly killing four students, be transferred to a county jail and denied the ability to leave because of the threat he poses to other juveniles. The court agreed.
Oxford school shooting: Ethan Crumbley appears in court accused of ‘methodically’ gunning down fellow students
Wednesday 1 December 2021 22:49 , Josh Marcus
Michigan school shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley has been formally arraigned in court with charges of terrorism and first degree murder.
Mr Crumbley, a student at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, appeared virtually before a judge on Wednesday accused of “methodically and deliberately” gunning down his fellow students.
The 15-year-old calmly told Judge Nancy Carniak that he understood the 24 charges against him, and Judge Carniak entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Io Dodds has the details.
Four injured victims still hospitalized
Wednesday 1 December 2021 22:30 , Megan Sheets
Four of the seven victims injured in Tuesday’s shooting remained hospitalised as of Wednesday afternoon.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard provided an update on the victims’ conditions at a press conference shortly after prosecutors announced charges against suspect Ethan Crumbley.
Those still hospitalised include a 14-year-old girl in stable condition and a 17-year-old girl in critical condition.
Here’s what we know about the victims killed:
Suspect to be held without bail
Wednesday 1 December 2021 22:00 , Megan Sheets
Ethan Crumbley was ordered to be held without bail at his arraignment on 24 charges on Wednesday afternoon.
Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast made a passionate case for Mr Crumbley to be transferred from a juvenile centre to Oakland County Jail and to have bond denied.
Rochester Hills District Judge Nancy T Carniak agreed on both issues.
Ethan Crumbley appears at arraignment
Wednesday 1 December 2021 21:51 , Megan Sheets
Suspect Ethan Crumbley was arraigned on Wednesday afternoon on 24 charges for carrying out a mass shooting at Oxford High School.
He appeared in court via video conference from Oakland County Children’s Village, a juvenile centre where he is being held on suicide watch.
Asked if he understands the charges against him, Mr Crumbley replied: “Yes, I do.”
His parents also joined the hearing remotely.
Suspect did not pretend to be with sheriff’s department, cops say
Wednesday 1 December 2021 21:40 , Megan Sheets
Contrary to previous reports, investigators do not believe suspect Ethan Crumbley pretended to be a member of law enforcement during Tuesday’s deadly rampage.
Those claims emerged after a video of students cowering in a classroom went viral.
“Sheriff’s office,” a male voice is heard saying. “You can come out.”
One of the hiding students whispers: “He said it’s safe to come out,” to which another replies: “We’re not willing to take that risk right now.”
The voice on the other side responds: “Come to the door and see my badge, bro.”
That word sparked a panic in the classroom, prompting the students to flee out a window.
“He said bro. Red flag,” a student said.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard denied rumours surrounding the video at a press conference on Wednesday, saying the suspect did not knock on any classroom doors.
He said the voice in the video was likely a real member of the sheriff’s department who used the word “bro” to sound conversational.
Suspect had meeting with parents, school officials prior to shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 21:20 , Megan Sheets
Suspect Ethan Crumbley had a meeting with administrators and his parents on Tuesday morning before he opened fire on classmates at Oxford High School, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Wednesday.
He did not disclose details about what sparked the meeting, or whether Mr Crumbley knew about it before being called in.
The sheriff said investigators believe the gun was already on campus before the shooting, but said that has yet to be confirmed.
Suspect filmed coming out of bathroom and firing at random
Wednesday 1 December 2021 20:58 , Megan Sheets
Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley came out firing from a bathroom, authorities revealed after reviewing surveillance footage.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters on Wednesday that law enforcement officials were going through hours of video from cameras across the school to map the suspect’s actions, but said that his targets “appeared random”.
He added that the shootings were “absolutely brutally cold-hearted” but that no motive has been identified.
The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander reports:
Prosecutor explains terrorism charge
Wednesday 1 December 2021 20:40 , Megan Sheets
As to explain the terrorism charge against Mr Crumbley, Prosecutor Karen McDonald noted “all the children who ran screaming” when gunfire rang out in the Oxford High School hall.
She said it was important to remember that the people shot were not the only victims of the attack.
“What about all the children at home right now who can’t eat and can’t sleep and can’t imagine a world where they could ever set foot back in that school?” she asked.
“Those are victims too, and so are their families, and so is the community. And the charge of terrorism reflects that.”
The charges against Ethan Crumbley
Wednesday 1 December 2021 20:20 , Megan Sheets
Here are the charges prosecutors plan to bring against Ethan Crumbley:
• One count of terrorism
• Four counts of first-degree murder
• Seven counts of assault with intent to murder
• 12 counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a crime
Ethan Crumbley’s parents could face charges
Wednesday 1 December 2021 20:00 , Megan Sheets
Prosecutor Karen McDonald said her office is weighing possible charges against suspect Ethan Crumbley’s parents, saying more information on that topic would be revealed in the coming days.
Mr Crumbley was said to have carried out the shooting with a handgun purchased by his father four days prior on Black Friday. Ms McDonald would not say whether investigators think the parents gave the gun to their son, or if he took it without permission.
The parents had refused to allow their son to speak to investigators following his arrest on Tuesday, Undersheriff Mike McCabe said.
Ethan Crumbley planned shooting well in advance
Wednesday 1 December 2021 19:34 , Megan Sheets
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said investigators found “undeniable” evidence that the shooting was premeditated during Wednesday’s press conference.
She said the evidence supports the four counts of first-degree murder that her office will bring against suspect Ethan Crumbley.
“We wouldn’t bring those charges if we couldn’t prove it was premeditated,” she said.
Ms McDonald refused to specify how far in advance the shooting was planned, or whether investigators believe Mr Crumbley targeted specific students.
Shooting suspect identified as Ethan Crumbley
Wednesday 1 December 2021 19:15 , Megan Sheets
Officials identified the suspect in the Oxford High School shooting as Ethan Crumbley at a press conference on Wednesday.
His name was released because he is being charged as an adult, despite being only 15 years old.
Oakland County prosecutors said they will bring charges of terrorism, first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.
The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander reports:
Prosecutors to announce charges against suspect
Wednesday 1 December 2021 18:52 , Megan Sheets
Prosecutors are expected to announce charges against the 15-year-old accused of shooting up Oxford High School at a 2pm press conference on Wednesday.
His name could be released at that time if prosecutors opt to charge him as an adult.
Detroit sports teams share heartbreak over shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 18:35 , Megan Sheets
The coaches of Detroit’s Red wings hockey team and Pistons basketball team reacted to the Oxford High School shooting in horror at press conferences on Tuesday.
Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill fought back tears as he told a press conference: “I just want to send out my prayers to the families that were affected today in Oxford. It’s a terrible, terrible thing. It just shouldn’t happen.
“Nothing I say certainly can do anything to help those that suffered the tragedy, that lost their lives. It’s insane that this is somewhat normal and it just shouldn’t happen. My heart goes out to everybody involved, everybody at the school, the community. It’s got to stop.”
Pistons coach Dwane Casey also condemned the “senseless act”.
“It bothers you that you can’t send your kids to school and expect them to be safe,” he said.
Prior to tonight's game, @DetroitPistons head coach Dwane Casey took a moment to offer condolences following the senseless act of violence at Oxford High School earlier this afternoon. #Pistons pic.twitter.com/OXQY2hjYFe
— Bally Sports Detroit (@BallySportsDET) December 1, 2021
Everything we know about the teen suspect
Wednesday 1 December 2021 18:00 , Megan Sheets
Few details are known about the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting, who was taken into custody within about five minutes of the first 911 call about gunfire on the Oxford High School campus.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the 15-year-old sophomore - who has not been named due to his age - did not offer any resistance when he was arrested, simply putting his hands on his head and surrendering.
A motive for the attack has not yet been established, according to the undersheriff, as the teen invoked his right to an attorney and declined to speak to officers, apparently on the instruction of his parents.
Mr McCabe said investigators planned to examine his smartphone and social media posts as they search for clues pointing to a possible motive and that they have already executed a search warrant on his house, retrieving several items, notably a cache of weapons including long guns.
The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains everything we know so far about the shooter:
Death toll rises to four as 17-year-old boy dies
Wednesday 1 December 2021 17:32 , Megan Sheets
A 17-year-old boy who was shot in Tuesday’s mass shooting at Oxford High School has died, authorities announced Wednesday.
His passing raised the death toll from the shooting to four, with seven others injured.
The student’s name has not yet been released. The other students killed were 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St Juliana, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin.
The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander reports:
Suspect allegedly shared ‘countdown’ on Instagram before shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 17:19 , Megan Sheets
The 15-year-old student suspected of carrying out a mass shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday allegedly posted a “countdown” on Instagram hours before his attack.
“Now I become death -- destroyer of worlds -- see you tomorrow Oxford,” he wrote, according to FOX 2 Detroit.
The suspect also allegedly shared a photo of the gun he used in the shooting, which police believe was purchased by his father four days earlier on Black Friday.
Investigators are combing his social media accounts in an effort to determine his motive.
The accounts were removed from public view shortly after the shooting.
Cops probe ‘copycat threat’ against high schools near Oxford
Wednesday 1 December 2021 17:00 , Megan Sheets
Authorities are said to be investigating a “general threat” made against Michigan high schools in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting in Oxford Township.
The Avondale School District, about 20 miles south of Oxford, announced the alleged threat in an alert on Wednesday morning. The district closed its campuses as a precaution.
Schools in neighbouring Pontiac were also shuttered on Wednesday after officials said a “copycat threat” had been made.
Police have said the 15-year-old suspected shooter in the attack at Oxford High School appears to have acted alone. The investigation into that shooting is ongoing.
WATCH: Three students recount deadly shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 16:40 , Megan Sheets
Three students who witnessed the deadly shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday shared their accounts with the New York Times.
They described the “boom, boom, boom” of the gun, silently cowering in the corner of a classroom and a “trail of blood” in the hallway.
Watch the interviews below:
School officials dismissed campus ‘threat’ three weeks before shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 16:17 , Megan Sheets
Oxford High School officials sent a letter to parents dismissing the existence of safety threats on campus three weeks before Tuesday’s deadly shooting.
In the wake of the shooting, reports emerged that threats of violence had circulated among the student body in the weeks prior.
Those claims appear to be related to a vague letter administrators sent to parents on 12 November.
“We are aware of the numerous rumors that have been circulating throughout our building this week. We understand that has created some concern for students and parents,” the letter states.
“Please know that we have reviewed every concern shared with us and investigated all information provided. Some rumors have evolved from an incident last week, while others do not appear to have any connection. Student interpretations of social media posts and false information have exacerbated the overall concern.
“We want our parents and students to know there has been no threat to our building nor our students.”
The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports:
Republicans admonished amid abortion rights comparisons
Wednesday 1 December 2021 15:55 , Megan Sheets
Critics of looser gun control laws in the US have compared the attack on the school in Oxford, Michigan, to the ongoing Supreme Court consideration of abortion rights.
Igor Volsky, the executive of director of the Guns Down America campaign group, admonished Republicans in Congress for discussing the “sanctity of life” and abortion restrictions as “news breaks of another school shooting” on Tuesday, adding: “Too bad that doesn’t apply to those killed by firearms.”
As did Connecticut senator Chris Murphy, who said he “turned the car around” on his way from work on Tuesday to address his colleagues, many of whom he accused of holding up America’s gun lobby and “lecturing us on the sanctity of life”.
Driving home tonight, I thought about Republicans' floor speeches today on the "sanctity of life".
And how this concern for "life" apparently doesn't extend to the kids who were shot today in a school in Michigan.
So I turned the car around, and went to the Senate floor. pic.twitter.com/yJ8FthS0nE
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 1, 2021
WATCH: Cops remove cache of weapons from suspect’s home
Wednesday 1 December 2021 15:35 , Megan Sheets
Police were seen seizing a number of weapons - including some that appeared to be long guns - from the suspected shooter’s home in Oxford on Tuesday night.
The 15-year-old allegedly used a semi-automatic handgun in his shooting rampage earlier in the day. Cops believe the gun had been purchased by the suspect’s father on Black Friday last week.
The seizures at his home were made as investigators continue efforts to uncover the motive for the shooting.
Three injured students in critical condition
Wednesday 1 December 2021 15:15 , Megan Sheets
Eight people - seven students and one teacher - were injured in Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School.
The seven students ranged in age from 14 to 17, officials said.
As of Tuesday night three students were in critical condition, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head, a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the chest, and a 14-year-old girl who was shot in the chest and neck. The younger girl was put on a ventilator and police said things are looking “very tough” for her.
A 14-year-old boy was in serious condition on Tuesday night, while three other students - a 17-year-old girl, 15-year-old boy, and 17-year-old boy - were in stable condition.
The 47-year-old teacher injured has already been discharged from the hospital.
None of the injured victims have been named publicly as of Tuesday morning.
Who are the victims?
Wednesday 1 December 2021 14:55 , Megan Sheets
The victims of the shooting that occurred on Tuesday have been identified as Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and 14-year-old Hanna St Julian. Eight other students sustained injuries in the attack.
Seven other students, aged between 14 and 17, remained hospitalised with gunshot wounds, including a 14-year-old girl on ventilator after undergoing surgery. A teacher who received a graze wound to the shoulder was discharged from hospital.
Our reporter Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has the details.
RECAP: Everything we know about the Oxford High School shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 14:35 , Megan Sheets
Three students were killed and at least eight others injured in a mass shooting at a suburban high school in Michigan on Tuesday.
The suspected shooter, a 15-year-old sophomore, 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.
Oakland County undersheriff Mike McCabe said the suspect had not offered any resistance when he was apprehended - within five minutes of the first 911 call being received – and that a motive for the attack had not yet been established, the boy having invoked his right to an attorney and declined to speak to officers.
The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains everything we know about the shooting so far:
‘We grabbed calculators and scissors’
Wednesday 1 December 2021 14:15 , Megan Sheets
Students of Oxford High School have recalled grabbing scissors to defend themselves during the shooting that killed three of their classmates and injured eight more on Tuesday.
Aiden Page, a student at the school, said a bullet pierced one of the desks that he and other students had used to barricade the classroom door.
“We heard two gunshots and after that, my teacher ran into the room, locked it, we barricaded and then we covered the windows and hid,” said the student. “We grabbed calculators, we grabbed scissors just in case the shooter got in and we had to attack them.”
Our reporter Sravasti Dasgupta has the details.
Suspect’s phone being searched, officials say
Wednesday 1 December 2021 13:50 , Megan Sheets
Officials in Oakland County, Michigan, have said they are searching the mobile phone belonging to the 15-year-old suspect who was arrested on Tuesday.
The phone will be searched, along with the suspect’s social media history, in an effort to determine a motive for the attack on Oxford High School.
Three students were shot dead and eight wounded.
It comes after Mike Bouchard, the Oakland County sheriff, said the suspect shared pictures of a pistol that they suspected was used on Tuesday. It was allegedly bought by his father on Friday.
Michael G McCabe, the undersheriff, told CNN that a search warrant had been served on the suspect’s family home, and that items were retrieved. He also suggested the suspect, who has not been identified, could be charged as an adult, although that remains to be seen.
College football team responds to death of 16-year-old
Wednesday 1 December 2021 13:30 , Gino Spocchia
The college football team for Oxford High School has responded to the death of a 16-year-old, Tate Myer, who played for the side following Tuesday’s shooting.
Myer, the Oxford Wildcats said, “was a tremendous football player with the brightest of futures and was an even better young man off the field as he was on it.”
He is also the focus of a petition to rename the high school’s wildcat stadium in his honour. The campaign has already gained over 34,000 signatures.
It is with great grief that one of the victims of the tragic event at OHS today was one of our own, Tate Myre. Tate was on varsity since his freshman year and was an honor student. Tate was a great young man with a bright future and beloved by all. You will be missed, Tate 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/AKJCH1UWBG
— Oxford Football (@OxfordFootbalI) December 1, 2021
Pastor with injured child leads memorial service
Wednesday 1 December 2021 13:10 , Gino Spocchia
There was standing room only at a church in Oxford Township on Tuesday night as locals gathered to mourn for the three students who were shot dead at a high school.
As WoodTV reported, the crowd filled the lobby of Lakepoint Community Church, where a service was held. A line of cars were meanwhile parked along the road.
Jesse Holt, a pastor at the church, said her child was among the victims who had been shot.
“You always hear it at someone else’s community and so when you hear it in yours, you have to — at least I’ve had to — set my emotion, my feeling aside for a moment and help those who are grieving and hurting.”
Images showed people gathering by candle light, and many hugging one another. Students, families of the victims, and members of the community were thought to be in attendance.
Suspect on ‘suicide watch’, say officials
Wednesday 1 December 2021 12:50 , Gino Spocchia
David Coulter, the Oakland County executive, has said the suspect arrested following Tuesday’s school shooting was on ‘suicide watch’.
Mr Coulter, as FOX2 reported on Tuesday night, said the suspect was being checked on every 15 minutes, amid apparent concerns for his safety.
He is currently being held at Oakland County Children’s Village, a detention facility for children.
Mike Bouchard, the Oakland County sheriff, said earlier on Tuesday night that the male student was “not talking” to investigators.
His parents, one of whom had allegedly bought the firearm suspected of being used in the attack, had hired an attorney and were not allowing the suspect to talk to police, CNN reported.
State Democrats react to Oxford school shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 12:30 , Gino Spocchia
Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat in the Michigan Senate, has said she is “lost for words” following the Oxford school shooting, and did not want “to hear ‘thoughts and prayers’” for the three dead, or eight wounded.
“I want everyone in any position of authority to agree that easy access to firearms that allow children to kill other children is not an acceptable world to live in and that we will do everything to stop it,” Ms McMorrow said.
State Republicans react to Oxford school shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 12:10 , Gino Spocchia
John Reilly, a Republican in the Michigan House of Representatives, has said he is “praying for a quick recovery for those who have been wounded, and comfort for families and friends grieving lost loved ones.”
“A tragedy like this shocks us all, and we need to support the people who endured this horrific trauma. Our community is unified in the face of this heinous act of violence, and we are especially grateful to our law enforcement officers and first responders for their efforts.”
FBI and Secret Service among agencies assisting Oakland County
Wednesday 1 December 2021 11:50 , Gino Spocchia
Three community organisations and 26 police agencies have been helping the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office response and investigation of the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan.
The force said in a Facebook post that agencies including the FBI, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the United States Secret Service had all been involved in the past 24 hours.
“We are forever grateful for the outstanding show of support from our partners across the region during and after this tragedy,” said the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. “Please keep these heroic men and women in your hearts.”
Parents and students had a ‘bad feeling’ ahead of shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 11:30 , Gino Spocchia
Threats of a shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan allegedly circulated online before a 15-year-old student suspect’s deadly rampage on Tuesday afternoon.
Three people were killed and eight others injured when a shooter opened fire on classmates and teaching staff at the school in Oxford Township just before 1pm local time.
Authorities identified the gunman as a male sophomore at the school who was arrested at the scene. Parents said they had a “bad feeling” following the rumours. The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the details.
Shooter had a 9 mm Sig Sauer, bought by father
Wednesday 1 December 2021 11:15 , Gino Spocchia
The 15-year-old suspect arrested following the shooting was not only “not talking” to investigators on Tuesday night, but had been using a gun that was bought by his father on Friday.
Mike Bouchard, the Oakland County sheriff, told reporters that the suspect’s father bought the gun on Friday, for an unknown reason.
The semi-automatic firearm, a 9 mm Sig Sauer, is a concealed carry firearm.
Mr Bouchard said the suspect had been posting pictures of and practicing shooting with it. He was arrested in a hallway within minutes of Oakland County sheriff’s officers arriving at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday. He put his hands in the air as deputies approached, Mr Bouchard said.
Flags will be lowered across Michigan
Wednesday 1 December 2021 10:50 , Gino Spocchia
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said that flags will be lowered across the state of Michigan on Wednesday after the Oxford High School shooting.
She has described the attack on Oxford High School as “horrific” and that her heart was “with the parents who had their children taken from them and with the entire Oxford community.”
“No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. This is a time for us to come together and help children feel safe at school,” Ms Whitmer said.
As we mourn alongside the Oxford community, the flags will be lowered across the state.
This is every parent’s worst nightmare. Please keep these families in your hearts, and hold your kids a little tighter tonight.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) December 1, 2021
Sheriff says officers and school ‘saved lives’
Wednesday 1 December 2021 10:30 , Gino Spocchia
Mike Bouchard, the sheriff of Oakland County, has spoken of his “overwhelming sadness” following the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, on Tuesday.
Mr Bouchard said Oxford High School’s Covid protocols and the actions of Oakland County officers helped “saved lives”, after three students were killed.
ICYMI: Victims identified in Oxford school shooting that left 3 dead and 8 injured
Wednesday 1 December 2021 10:02 , Thomas Kingsley
Three students were shot dead and eight others sustained injuries after an active shooter situation shut down a high school in Michigan.
The victims of the shooting that occurred on Tuesday have been identified as Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and 14-year-old Hanna St Julian.
Myre died in a patrol car as a deputy tried to get him to a hospital, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. He was part of the Oxford High School junior football team.
Our reporter Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has the full story below:
Tributes pour in for 17-year-old victim shot dead
Wednesday 1 December 2021 09:49 , Thomas Kingsley
17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin was among three students shot dead in the Michigan school shooting on Tuesday.
Her grandmother Jennifer Graves Mosqueda called Madisyn a “beautiful, smart, sweet loving girl” who was “tragically taken from us all today leaving a huge hole in all of our hearts and lives.”
She wrote on GoFund Me: “This horrific day could never have been imagined or planned for. My daughter and son-in-law would never ask for anything… however I am!!!
“Today has been absolutely unbelievable for all involved. I’m lost for words and no good at asking for help…however I’m reaching out to all of you…my friends, family and loved ones to help in anyway you can. This unbelievable tragedy could never be planned for or expected by any of us.”
County prosecutor expects to issue charges ‘quickly'
Wednesday 1 December 2021 09:30 , Thomas Kingsley
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said in a statement her office expects to issue charges quickly and that an update would be given Wednesday.
Authorities were made aware of posts on social media that said there had been threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school, but Bouchard said they didn’t know about the rumors until after the attack.
The district said in a statement that all of its schools would be closed for the rest of the week.
Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grader, told WJBK-TV that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student bleeding from the face. They then ran from the area through the rear of the school, she said.
A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said her son, Treshan Bryant, is a 12th grader at the school but stayed home Tuesday. Redding said her son had heard threats that there could be a shooting.
“This couldn't be just random,” she said.
Bryant said he texted several younger cousins in the morning and they said they didn't want to go to school, and he got a bad feeling. He asked his mom if he could do his assignments online.
Watch: Oxford school shooting suspect used father’s gun in attack, police say
Wednesday 1 December 2021 09:15 , Thomas Kingsley
Campaign launched to rename school stadium after 16-year-old ‘hero’ shooting victim
Wednesday 1 December 2021 09:00 , Thomas Kingsley
Tate Myre, one of the students killed in the Michigan school student was hailed as a beloved football player, who joined the varsity football team as a freshman, former teammate Drake Biggie said.
A petition was launched on Tuesday evening by Mr Biggie to rename the high school’s wildcat stadium in the 16-year-old’s honour. The campaign has already gained over 30,000 signatures.
“Tate is not just a hero to his fellow students at Oxford high school but a legend, his act of bravery should be remembered forever and passed down through generations,” Mr Biggie wrote in tribute.
Wednesday 1 December 2021 08:45 , Thomas Kingsley
The Oxford school shooter knocked on doors pretending to be a sheriff to try and lure students out of classrooms, a parent has claimed.
Fox News in Detroit was told the gunman was “saying he was with the sheriff's office”, while the parent added that her son was “barricaded under a desk” during the incident.
Video footage from inside one classroom appears to show the shooter attempting to lure students out.
Our reporter Oliver Browning has the full video report below:
Watch: Video purportedly shows students escaping from Oxford school shooter
Wednesday 1 December 2021 08:31 , Thomas Kingsley
The Oxford school shooter pretended to be a sheriff to try and lure students out of the classroom, a purported video from the incident shows.
“Sheriff’s office, you can come out,” the gunman appears to say, as those inside the classroom exchange glances, refusing to open the door.
“We’re not willing to take that risk right now,” one student responded, while another suggested the person on the outside of the door using the word “bro” was a “red flag”.
After the exchange, students escaped from the classroom out of a window.
Our reporter Oliver Browning has the full video report below:
14-year-old shooting victim on ventilator after shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 08:05 , Thomas Kingsley
Among the victims of the Oxford Michigan shooting is a 14-year-old who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and the neck. She is on a ventilator in critical condition after surgery, officials have confirmed.
Another 14-year-old male is also in a serious condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the jaw and the head. Six additional people including a female teacher were also among the injured.
Suspect not speaking to investigators, sheriff says
Wednesday 1 December 2021 07:50 , Thomas Kingsley
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said investigators were still trying to determine a motive for Tuesday's shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit.
“The person that's got the most insight and the motive is not talking,” Bouchard said at a news conference late Tuesday night.
Bouchard said authorities were made aware of allegations circulating on social media that there had been threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school, but he said they didn’t know about the rumors until after the attack.Bouchard stressed how crucial it is for tips of the kind to be sent to authorities, while also cautioning against spreading social media rumors about the attack before a full investigation.
Suspect’s father recently bought gun used in Michigan school shooting, sheriff says
Wednesday 1 December 2021 07:34 , Thomas Kingsley
Investigating officials believe the handgun a suspected 15-year-old used to kill three people and wound eight others, was bought by his father days ago, the sheriff said.
NBC news reported that Investigators believe the 15-year-old, who was not identified because of his age, used a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun that his father bought on Friday, sheriff Michael Bouchard said
Speaking at a news conference, Michael Bouchard said: “The person that’s got the most insight of the motive is not talking.” The sheriff called the violence an “unspeakable and unforgivable event.”
Shooter tried to coax students out of hiding
Wednesday 1 December 2021 07:04 , Shweta Sharma
The shooter at the Oxford school pretended to be a sheriff and tried to lure students, who were hiding in the classroom, a purported video from the incident showed.
The students remained huddled in the class, sitting on floor, holding each other when the shooter allegedly said it was safe to come out.
“Sheriff’s office,” the gunman said. “You can come out.”
The students in the classroom exchanged glances, but one skeptical student refused to open the door. He said: “We’re not willing to take that risk right now.”
The gunman responded something inaudible and said “bro”.
“He said bro, red flag,” one of the hiding students said.
Soon chaos ensued and students began jumping out of the window.
MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING
Video from inside classroom at oxford high school shows brave students refusing to open door for apparent shooter who was identifying himself as a Sheriff’s Deputy. #BreakingNews #Michigan #oxfordhighschool #shooting pic.twitter.com/tseOp97ddv
— NY Actions (@NY_ACTIONS) November 30, 2021
How the Oxford school shooting unfolded
Wednesday 1 December 2021 06:35 , Shweta Sharma
Students at Oxford High School in Michigan had just finished lunch before 12.51pm local time when they heard the first shots ring out.
Video footage from a classroom at the time of the shooting showed that the gunman “came out of the bathroom with the weapon,” a sheriff said, but it is not known where he went next.
Aiden Page, a student at the school, said he heard two gunshots during their class and the teacher rushed to lock the room. He said she saw a bullet pierce one of the desks that he and other students had used to barricade the classroom door.
The shooter fired at least 15 to 20 gunshots before he was taken into custody, the sheriff said.Sheriff Michael Bouchard said law enforcement saw him while coming down the hall and he “put his hands up, they took a gun and they took him into custody.”
All the students were evacuated and were relocated to a nearby store to be reunited with families. The victims and injured were taken to hospitals.
About 25 agencies and close to 60 ambulances were rushed to the scene, according to John Lyman, public information officer for the Rochester Hills Fire Department.
Police deny prior information about shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 06:01 , Shweta Sharma
Amid allegations that there were prior threats about the shooting at Oxford high school, the Oakland sheriff office has denied receiving any prior information about the attack.
“There was no prior information shared with the Sheriff’s Office or the School Resource Officer before the incident,” Oakland County Sheriff said in a statement.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said they were aware of the allegations circulating about the threats of shooting before the attack, but cautioned people against believing the narrative.
The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory are currently processing the scene at Oxford High School.
They said it might be a lengthy investigation as they will conduct hundreds of interviews.
Shooting survivor reveals how classmates armed themselves as bullets hit desks
Wednesday 1 December 2021 05:58 , Shweta Sharma
Students of Oxford High School in the north of Detroit recounted scenes of chaos and horror on Tuesday following a shooting in which three students were killed and eight people, including a teacher, injured.
Aiden Page, a student at the school, said a bullet pierced one of the desks that he and other students had used to barricade the classroom door.
The Independent’s Sravasti Dasgupta has more details here:
Victims identified in Oxford school shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 05:37 , Shweta Sharma
The victims have been identified as Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and 14-year-old Hanna St Julian.
Myre died in a patrol car as a deputy tried to get him to a hospital, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.
The Independent’s Alisha Rehaman Sarkar has the details.
Photos: Families, students hold vigil for victims
Wednesday 1 December 2021 05:31 , Shweta Sharma
Parents and fellow students of the Michigan school and local community members have held a candlelight vigil as the families of the victims prepare for their funerals.
Members gathered at Lakepoint Community Church to mourn the killings, and several were pictured breaking down in tears.
Some of those who were injured were also seen at the vigil in wheelchairs and with bandages.
Parents, student say there were prior threats of shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 05:10 , Shweta Sharma
Robin Redding, the mother of one of the school pupils, Treshan Bryant, said the 12th grader stayed at home on Tuesday as he had heard threats that there could be a shooting.
“This couldn’t be just random,” she said without providing details of what the threats were. “Kids just, like they’re just mad at each other at this school,” she said. Bryant said he had been hearing vague threats “for a long time now” about plans for a shooting.
Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grader at the school, told WJBK-TV that she and other students heard gunshots and saw one of the students bleeding from the face.
Flores said they then ran from the area through the rear of the school.
Pastor Jesse Holt said one of the students texted that she had taken cover in a bathroom with a boy. She only ran out of the school after the deputies arrested the shooter and was taken in by someone living close by until her mom could pick her up.
Holt said he has been flooded with texts from some of the 20 to 25 students who are among the 400-member congregation.
“Some were very scared, hiding under their desks and texting us, ‘We’re safe, we’re OK. We heard gunshots, but we’re OK.’ They were trying to calm us, at least that’s how it felt,” he said.
Police identify school shooting victims
Wednesday 1 December 2021 04:50 , Shweta Sharma
The three victims of Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School were Tate Myre, 16; Hanna St. Julian, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard has revealed.
Eight others injured include a teacher and seven students. Three students remain in critical condition with gunshot wounds, including a 14-year-old girl who remains on a ventilator following surgery.
Authorities haven’t released the 15-year-old suspect’s name yet.
Suspect’s father bought gun used in shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 04:11 , Shweta Sharma
The 9mm Sig Sauer from which 15-20 shots were fired inside the school was bought by the suspect’s father four days ago, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters.
Sheriffs do not know yet why the gun was bought, but they are aware that the juvenile suspect practised target shooting with the gun prior to the incident and also posted pictures.
Police said several students injured in the shooting remain in critical condition. A 14-year-old is on a ventilator.
‘It’s the guns’: Oxford shooting occurred despite campus security guards
Wednesday 1 December 2021 04:00 , Josh Marcus
A shooter was able to kill three people and injure another eight at a high school in Michigan on Tuesday, despite the presence of multiple security guards on campus.
This, argued Shannon Watts, founder of gun safety advocacy group Moms Demand Action, underscored the need for more action taking gun violence out of US society, rather than simply beefing up school security.
“In under five minutes and despite multiple security guards on campus, a 15-year-old with access to a semiautomatic handgun was able to kill a 16-year-old boy and two girls, ages 14 and 17, and wound eight others. It’s the guns,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
In under five minutes and despite multiple security guards on campus, a 15-year-old with access to a semiautomatic handgun was able to kill a 16-year-old boy and two girls, ages 14 and 17, and wound eight others.
It’s the guns. https://t.co/sRxo07NDTc
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 1, 2021
Police: Parents stop shooting suspect from cooperating
Wednesday 1 December 2021 03:51 , Shweta Sharma
The 15-year-old suspect has been told by his parents not to talk to the police after he was taken into custody following the deadly shooting.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the suspect’s parents have hired an attorney and their house is being searched for more evidence.
The school pupil has declined to divulge more details but authorities say that he brought the gun into the school and was not wearing body armour during the shooting.
“At this point in time, we believe he acted alone,” McCabe said.
Were there warning signs before the Oxford school shooting in Michigan?
Wednesday 1 December 2021 03:35 , Josh Marcus
Threats of a shooting allegedly circulated on a Michigan high school campus prior to a 15-year-old student suspect’s deadly rampage.
Three people were killed and eight others injured when gunfire erupted at Oxford High School in Oxford Township just before 1pm local time on Tuesday.
Authorities identified the gunman as a male sophomore at the school who was arrested at the scene.The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the details.
ICYMI: Video purportedly shows students hiding from student gunman on deadly rampage
Wednesday 1 December 2021 03:10 , Josh Marcus
Chilling footage purportedly shows students cowering in fear when a 15-year-old gunman opened fire on a high school in Michigan, killing three people and wounding eight others.
The video obtained by Fox 2 was recorded by a student during a shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township on Tuesday afternoon, according to the outlet.
It reportedly shows students barricaded inside a classroom as a classmate, identified by authorities as a 15-year-old sophomore boy, was walking through the halls with a semi-automatic handgun.Megan Sheets had this report on the footage.
How do gun deaths in Michigan compare to other states
Wednesday 1 December 2021 02:40 , Josh Marcus
Michigan has the 20th strongest gun laws in the nation, and ranks 31st in the nation in terms of the number of preventable gun deaths, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The state has a gun death rate per capita of 12.04 per 100,000 people, just above the national average of 11.9, but still well above other populous states life California New York, and Massachusetts. It is still unclear how the shooter in Oxford got their gun.
Authorities looking to ‘quickly’ charge teen suspect in Michigan school shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 02:10 , Josh Marcus
Prosecutors are hoping to “quickly” press charges after a 15-year-old allegedly killed three people during a shooting at a Michigan high school in the township of Oxford.
“It is our intent to review it thoroughly and issue appropriate charges quickly,” Oakland County prosecutor Karen D McDonald told CNN in a statement Tuesday, noting her office had been in “constant communication” with local police.
The 15-year-old is currently in police custody, and could be charged as an adult, according to Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe.
Detroit sports teams react to Oxford school shooting
Wednesday 1 December 2021 01:45 , Josh Marcus
Detroit professional sports teams offered their condolences after a school shooting on Tuesday in the nearby township of Oxford, which lies about 40 miles outside the city.
Here’s what the city’s NBA, NHL, and MLB franchises had to say.
We send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and families affected by today’s tragic events in Oxford, MI. Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, families, and the entire Oxford community.
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) November 30, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the entire community impacted by today’s tragedy at Oxford High School. Sending all our love and support.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 30, 2021
We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic events in Oxford, MI. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the entire community impacted by this tragedy.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) November 30, 2021
Senator calls Michigan shooting an ‘unforgivable moral stain’
Wednesday 1 December 2021 01:20 , Josh Marcus
Connecticut US Senator Chris Murphy blasted his colleagues in Congress on Tuesday for their inaction on stopping violence, with the Democrat calling their reluctance an “unforgivable moral stain on our nation.”
It just breaks my heart, as an American and as a parent, to know that half of my colleagues in the Senate are fine with our kids living in fear that their classroom is next.
What an unforgivable moral stain on our nation. https://t.co/hHINfbpPlz
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 30, 2021
Others, like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican who has opposed further gun controls, offered their condolences and praised law enforcement.
Heidi and I are heartbroken to hear about the tragic school shooting in Michigan. We’re praying for the swift recovery of those injured and for the families of those killed.
Thank you to the brave law enforcement officers who quickly responded to the scene.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 30, 2021
Michigan shooting is first at school since return of ‘normal’ schooling, gun researcher says
Wednesday 1 December 2021 00:55 , Josh Marcus
Tuesday’s shooting in Oxford, Michigan, was the first school shooting added to a Mother Jones gun violence database since March.
According to researcher Mark Follman, that also means it’s the first at a school since a return to more normal school conditions amid widespread coronavirus vaccination efforts.
Read more of his work on the context of today’s shooting below.
The tragedy at Oxford High School in Michigan is the 6th mass shooting we've had to add to our database since March. The previous five were workplace shootings; this is the first at a K-12 since the return to more 'normal' schooling in the pandemic era https://t.co/tsKzJGVv9K
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) November 30, 2021
WATCH: Michigan governor gets emotional talking about high school shooting victims ‘fighting for their lives'
Wednesday 1 December 2021 00:30 , Josh Marcus
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer became emotional on Tuesday as she responded to questions about a shooting at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, which killed three and injured at least eight people.
She appeared to choke up when talking about those who are in hospital “fighting for their lives right now.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of WXYZ Detroit.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was emotional speaking for the first time after the school shooting at Oxford High School that left 3 dead and 8 others injured. pic.twitter.com/9n8cMNIEcv
— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) November 30, 2021
Oxford shooting may be first fatal Michigan school shooting in 2021
Wednesday 1 December 2021 00:05 , Josh Marcus
Three students are dead after a teen opened fire at a high school in Oxford, Michigan.
The incident, according to research from the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, is likely the first fatal shooting on school grounds in the state this year.
It follows an incident September, when a teen in Royal Oak Township, Michigan, fired a shot into the ground with a handgun during a fistfight, but no one was injured.
Joe Biden says his ‘heart goes out’ to victims of Michigan shooting
Tuesday 30 November 2021 23:40 , Josh Marcus
President Biden said his “heart goes out” to the community of Oxford, Michigan, where a shooting at a high school left three dead and injured at least eight people.
“My heart goes out to the families of all those in Oxford, Michigan experiencing the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “I’m remaining in close touch with my team as new information about this tragic school shooting surfaces.”
My heart goes out to the families of all those in Oxford, Michigan experiencing the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one. I’m remaining in close touch with my team as new information about this tragic school shooting surfaces.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 30, 2021
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer said she was “devastated” by the news, and called for reducing gun violence.
“We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect each other, and we have the tools to reduce gun violence,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. This is a time for us to come together and help children feel safe at school.”
We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect each other, and we have the tools to reduce gun violence. No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. This is a time for us to come together and help children feel safe at school.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) November 30, 2021
PHOTOS: Journalist captures scene of Oxford High School Shooting
Tuesday 30 November 2021 23:16 , Josh Marcus
Detroit Free Press photojournalist Eric Seals captured a number of striking photos showing shocked students at the site of a mass shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, which killed three and injured at least eight people.
Parents walk away w/their kids from a Meijer's parking lot in Oxford where many gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School in Oxford on November 30, 2021.
Police took a suspected shooter into custody. 3 dead, 6 injured.
📸‘s by @ericseals of @freep pic.twitter.com/x1pSOUbKk2
— 📸🎥Eric Seals (@ericseals) November 30, 2021
Suspect is now at detention facility for children
Tuesday 30 November 2021 22:51 , Nathan Place
Police say the suspect in today’s shooting is now at a detention center for children, since he is under 18.
“The 15-year-old suspect has now been lodged at Oakland County Children’s Village due to him being a juvenile,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the facility’s website, Oakland County Children’s Village is a “safe, structured, therapeutic environment” that offers services including “secure detention.”
“We believe that by providing a series of evidence-based treatment services within the least restrictive setting necessary, Children’s Village can foster and promote one’s ability to make positive changes to not only their lifestyle, but to their value system as well,” the website says. “This in turn will provide each individual and their family with the skills necessary to have a more successful adjustment to community living.”
Police say all three deceased victims are teenagers
Tuesday 30 November 2021 22:21 , Nathan Place
All three of the victims killed in today’s school shooting were teenagers, police have revealed.
“The three individuals who are deceased have been identified as a 16-year-old male, a 14-year-old female, and a 17 year-old female,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook. “The number of those who are currently being given treatment for gun shot wounds is up to 8 victims. They are being treated at various local hospitals. Six are in stable condition and two others are in surgery.”
Biden says his ‘heart goes out’ to victims’ families
Tuesday 30 November 2021 22:00 , Nathan Place
President Biden has spoken about the school shooting in Michigan, offering his sympathies to the victims’ families.
“As we learn the full details, my heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” the president said. “You’ve gotta know that that whole community has to be just in a state of shock right now.”
President Biden says his “heart goes out” to the families that lost loved ones at the school shooting in suburban Detroit, MI:
"That whole community has to be just in a state of shock right now." pic.twitter.com/JzTrPRh5LN
— The Recount (@therecount) November 30, 2021
President Biden has been briefed on shooting, White House says
Tuesday 30 November 2021 21:48 , Nathan Place
President Biden has been briefed on the shooting in Oxford, Michigan, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“In advance of a tour and remarks at Dakota County Technical College, President Biden was was told of the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan by his National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan,” Ms Psaki told CNN. “The traveling team will remain in close touch with the team back at the White House and provide regular updates to the President as new information surfaces.”
Police say suspect was arrested ‘within five minutes’ of 911 call
Tuesday 30 November 2021 21:33 , Nathan Place
At a press conference, Oakland County police said the suspected shooter was arrested almost immediately after the first 911 call came in.
“The deputies took a suspect into custody within five minutes of the original 911 call,” Undersheriff Michael McCabe told reporters.
He also said all of the deceased victims are believed to be students.
BREAKING: Three dead in shooting at Michigan high school, all believed to be students, authorities say.
Suspect was in custody "within five minutes of the original 911 call." https://t.co/5mWAUGktJh pic.twitter.com/dPRMreXXqX
— ABC News (@ABC) November 30, 2021
Governor Whitmer calls gun violence ‘public health crisis'
Tuesday 30 November 2021 21:28 , Nathan Place
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a statement on the shooting, offering her condolences to the Oxford community and thanking first responders – and also speaking out on what she called a “crisis” of gun violence.
“As Michiganders, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect each other from gun violence,” Ms Whitmer said. “No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day. We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is a time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school.”
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer just released this statement after a shooting at Oxford High School left 3 people dead, believed to be students, and several others injured. pic.twitter.com/wrLX6yfcbV
— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) November 30, 2021
Mother says threats had been circulating at school
Tuesday 30 November 2021 21:13 , Nathan Place
A mother whose son attends Oxford High School says there had been threats of violence at the school long before today’s shooting occurred.
“This couldn’t be just random,” Robin Redding told the Associated Press. “Kids just, like they’re just mad at each other at this school.”
Ms Redding’s son, 12th grader Treshan Bryant, said he had a bad feeling about going to school on Tuesday morning, and stayed home to study online instead. He told AP he had heard threats about a potential shooting “for a long time now.”
“You’re not supposed to play about that,” Treshan said. “This is real life.”
It didn't take long for missed indicators to begin to come out.
"Robin Redding, the parent of a 12th-grader, told The Associated Press that there had been rumblings of trouble at the school." 1/2https://t.co/2J2m7suGaO
— Scott Stewart (@stick631) November 30, 2021
Police are conducting second search for victims inside school
Tuesday 30 November 2021 20:58 , Nathan Place
Police say they are conducting a second search for victims of the shooting at Oxford High School.
“We are still doing a secondary search of the school for any further victims,” said the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, according to Michigan State Police. “All evacuated students will be located at the Meijer store for reunification with parents or relatives.”
“We are still doing a secondary search of the school for any further victims. All evacuated students will be located at the Meijer store for reunification with parents or relatives.” Make sure to follow official reports for the most accurate information. 4/
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) November 30, 2021
Suspect is 15-year-old sophomore, police say
Tuesday 30 November 2021 20:35 , Nathan Place
Police say the suspect in the shooting at Oxford High School is a 15-year-old sophomore student at the school. The suspect did not resist arrest, police said, and the person’s handgun was taken from them.
“A 15-year-old sophomore student of Oxford High School has been taken into custody and the handgun was recovered,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said. “There was no resistance during the arrest and the suspect has asked for a lawyer and has not made any statements as to a motive.”
At least three dead and six injured in shooting, police say
Tuesday 30 November 2021 20:21 , Nathan Place
Three people have died and six others have been injured in the shooting at Oxford High School, police say.
“We are sad to report there are (3) deceased at this time with (6) others shot,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook. “One of the six was a school teacher.”
Reports say as many as six may be injured
Tuesday 30 November 2021 20:13 , Nathan Place
Current reports state that there are between four and six victims who have been injured. No deaths have been confirmed at this time. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has said that they are searching for possible further victims.
Several medical helicopters have arrived at the parking lot of the school, WXYZ reported. Numerous patrols, EMS units, and SWAT teams are also present at the school.
Read more here: