Three people were killed and eight injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at Oxford High School in Oakland County, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Detroit.
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A suspect was taken into custody at the scene.
Here is what we know so far.
What happened at Oxford High School?
At 12:51 p.m., police dispatchers received a 911 call — more than 100 ultimately came in — for an active shooter at Oxford High School in Oakland County.
Within about five minutes of the call, Oakland County sheriff’s deputies had taken a suspect into custody, Undersheriff Michael McCabe said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
Police initially said it is believed about 15 to 20 shots were fired in the incident, and in the south end of the school. As the investigation continued Tuesday night, officials said they believe it was at least 12 based on shell casings. The investigation remains underway.
Mike McCabe said the school did “everything right” and had everyone take shelter.
Oxford High School students told reporters of a chaotic scene in which a voice came over the intercom to announce an active shooter and they didn’t know whether it was a drill. Then teachers rushed to lock doors and cover windows. Students were in tears and texted loved ones.
SWAT, more than 60 ambulances and an aviation unit were all called to the scene. FBI agents were also present Tuesday afternoon.
Who was killed in the Oxford High School Shooting?
Three people were killed, the sheriff’s office said:
- Tate Myre, 16
- Hana St. Juliana, 14
- Madisyn Baldwin, 17
Myre died in a patrol car as a deputy rushed to a hospital, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. He noted that an employee at the emergency dispatch centre also had a loved one die in the attack.
Eight people were injured, including a teacher. Three were in critical condition, Bouchard said Tuesday night:
A 17-year-old female was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the chest at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.
The 14-year-old female was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the chest and neck at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.
A 15-year-old male was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head at McLaren Oakland.
A 47-year-old teacher was discharged from McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital after being treated for gunshot wounds to the shoulder.
The 17-year-old male was in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the hip at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital
A 14-year-old male was in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the jaw and hand at McLaren Oakland.
A 17-year-old female was in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the neck at McLaren Oakland.
And the 15-year-old male was in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the leg at McLaren Oakland.
What do we know about the Oxford High School shooting suspect?
Police took a 15-year-old sophomore from the Village of Oxford into custody at the scene.
Bouchard declined to name the suspect because he is a juvenile.
The teen had a handgun when deputies — a deputy assigned to the school and another deputy — spotted him coming down a hall with a 9mm handgun with seven rounds of live ammunition, officials said.
He put his hands up.
The teen was in class during the day, McCabe said. He invoked his right not to speak to investigators and requested a lawyer.
What was the motive?
That’s unclear. The suspect isn’t talking, police said.
Police aren’t aware of disciplinary issues the suspect had and said when asked by reporters, that they aren’t currently aware whether the teen was being bullied.
The matter remains under investigation.
Where did the gun come from?
The teen’s father bought the gun four days before the shooting, Bouchard said. That was on Black Friday.
The weapon was a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol and the suspect had at least two, 15-round magazines.
The suspect’s father is said to have bought a third magazine that hasn’t been located, but Bouchard suspects it will be found at the school, he said.
Bouchard confirmed that on social media someone had posted photos of what could have been the same gun and some shooting targets in the days leading up to Tuesday’s shooting. He said the suspect appeared to make an online post with an image of the gun.
Were there signs there would be a school shooting?
Parents like Robin Redding, whose 12th-grade son stayed home from school Tuesday, have said there were rumblings that something could happen.
“He was not in school today,” she told the Associated Press,. “He just said that ‘Ma, I don’t feel comfortable. None of the kids that we go to school with is going today.’
How did the gun get into Oxford High School?
Bouchard said the vast majority of American schools don’t have metal detectors.
McCabe said the school district and superintendent work hard to keep students safe. He highlighted the fact that a deputy is assigned to the school and was involved in the suspect’s arrest.
What are The Michigan Officials Saying?
“This is an unimaginable tragedy,”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during a 5 p.m. news conference at the school. She later said, her voice cracking, that it’s every parent’s worst nightmare.
She asked Michiganders to support the community and called the shooting a uniquely American problem that needs to be addressed.
“I’m devastated for the students, teachers, staff, and families of Oxford High School,” she said via Twitter. “The death of multiple students and shooting of others, including a teacher, is horrific. My heart is with the parents who had their children taken from them and with the entire Oxford community.”