Oxford Township, Mich. A 15-year-old student opened fire at a Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and injuring eight others, including at least one teacher, officials said.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit of about 22,000 people. a community.
He said he was aware of allegations circulating on social media that about 1,700 students had been threatened with shooting at the school prior to Tuesday’s attack, but cautioned against believing that story until investigators. Can’t pay attention to this.
Authorities did not immediately release the suspect’s name, but McCabe said the deputy arrested him without incident within minutes of arriving at the school in response to a flood of 911 calls about the attack, which began at 1 p.m. Happened some time ago. Several clips of the semi-automatic handgun and the suspect used in the attack.
“He fired several shots,” McCabe said. “Somewhere in the region of 15 to 20.”
McCabe said that among the three students killed were a 16-year-old boy and two girls aged 14 and 17. He said that two of the injured were undergoing surgery till 5 pm and the condition of six others who were injured was stable.
McCabe said the suspect’s parents visited their son where he is kept and advised him not to speak to investigators as he had a right. He said the police would have to get permission from a parent or guardian of a juvenile suspect to speak to them.
McCabe said he was not aware of any prior run-ins the suspect had with law enforcement or if he had any disciplinary history at the school.
Gretchen Whitmer also told the news conference, “I think it’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” choking.
The school was closed after the attack, with some children taking shelter in closed classrooms while authorities searched the premises. He was later taken to a nearby Meijer grocery store to be picked up by his parents.
Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grade student, told WJBK-TV that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student’s face oozing blood. They then ran from the area behind the school, she said.
McCabe said investigators will examine video footage of the school and social media posts for any evidence of possible motive.
A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said their son, Treshan Bryant, is in 12th grade at school but stayed home on Tuesday. She said she had heard threats that there might be a shooting.
“It can’t just be random,” she said.
Redding did not provide details about what her son had heard, but he expressed concern about the safety of the school in general.
“The kids are just like they’re mad at each other in this school,” she said.
Bryant said that he texted several younger cousins in the morning and they said they didn’t want to go to school, and felt bad. He asked his mother if he could do his assignment online.
Bryant said he had heard vague threats “for a long time” about plans to shoot at the school.
“You shouldn’t play about it,” he said of the threats. “this is real life.”
School administrators posted two letters to parents on the school’s website this month, saying they were responding to rumors of threats against the school following a bizarre vandalism incident.
According to a November 4 letter written by principal Steve Wolf, someone threw a deer head from the school’s roof into a courtyard, painted several windows on the roof with red acrylic paint and painted the same paint on the concrete near the school building. used.
Without specifically referencing that incident, a second post on 12 November assured that “there is no danger to our building nor to our students.”
“We are aware of the many rumors that have been circulating throughout our building this week. We understand this has caused some concern for students and parents,” the administrators wrote. Have reviewed every concern raised and checked all information provided. Some of the rumors developed from an incident from last week, while others have no connection. The social media posts and student interpretation of false information have added to the overall concern.”
McCabe said the incident with the deer’s head was “absolutely unrelated” to Tuesday’s shooting.
“That was an isolated incident, different student,” he said.