Ethan Crumbley: Everything we know about the Oxford school shooting suspect

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A 15-year-old student has been taken into custody after a mass shooting at a suburban high school in Michigan killed three students and injured at least eight others on Tuesday.

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The suspected shooter, teenager Ethan Crumbley, was apprehended by police following the incident at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of 22,000 people 30 miles north of Detroit, and a semi-automatic 9mm Sig Sauer handgun was confiscated.

Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the suspect did not offer any resistance when arrested, which he said took place within five minutes of receiving the first 911 call, simply surrendering with his hand on his head.


According to the undersheriff, a motive for the attack has yet to be established, as the teen invoked his right to have a lawyer and refused to speak to officers, apparently at the behest of his parents.

On Wednesday, Mr Crumble appeared in court virtually to face charges and plead not guilty. Asked by the judge whether he understood the charges, he said calmly: “Yes, I do.”

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Prosecutors told the judge that CCTV footage from the school showed Mr Crumbley “lawfully and deliberately” walking down the hall and firing his pistol at fellow students.

The judge accepted prosecutors’ request to deny him bail and transfer him from juvenile custody to the county jail because he could pose a threat to other minor inmates.

The teenager was 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 possessing a firearm in commission of a felony.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said the allegations stemmed from “inconclusive” evidence that the attack was premeditated.’

Mr McCabe said investigators plan to examine his smartphone and social media posts as they search for clues pointing to a possible motive and have already executed a search warrant at his home, including A cache of weapons including several items, especially long guns, have been recovered.

Speaking to CNN on Wednesday, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said: “It’s clear he came out with the intention of killing people. He was shooting people at close range, several times in the head and chest. ..

Mr Bouchard said investigators are investigating writings related to the shooter obtained in the middle of the night that contain “some of his thoughts”.

“We can’t get a motive from the suspect in custody, but we think there’s a way for us to get a lot of supporting information on how and why this happened,” he said.

Sheriff Bouchard said he was unaware of any previous run-ins with law enforcement by the suspect, adding that investigators had so far seen nothing to suggest a history of disciplinary problems.

He said forensic technicians were collecting evidence from the crime scene, while detectives were collecting video footage from security cameras installed around the school and interviewing witnesses and people familiar with the suspect.

Since the suspect is under 18, he was initially taken to Oakland County Children’s Village, a juvenile detention center, where he was placed under “suicide surveillance.”

The shooter is believed to have left a school bathroom at around 12.51 pm with a pistol, which was hidden in his bag and had been bought by his father four days ago.

Chilling footage that emerged from the incident later showed him firing between 15 and 20 shots from multiple magazines as he followed the halls of the school.

At one point, he is seen banging on a door and ordering people to come out into the corridor claiming to be a police officer: “Just open the door brother.”

Meanwhile his fellow students are seen running to cover and lock the classroom doors with chairs.

Robin Redding, the mother of one of the teens at the school, caused a stir in the aftermath of the incident when she told the Associated Press: “It just can’t be random. Kids just like the kids getting mad at each other in this school. “

His remarks prompted rumors that the suspect may have made threats prior to his getaway, but this was denied by Sheriff Bouchard, who said: “No prior information was shared with the sheriff’s office or the school resource officer prior to the incident. Was.”

Additional reporting by agencies

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