The suspect in the Michigan school shooting has been identified as 15-year-old sophomore Ethan Crumbley.
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The teen is accused of killing four students and injuring seven others when he allegedly opened fire on Tuesday at his Oxford High School, north of Detroit.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said his father bought the 9mm Sig Sauer used in the shooting just four days earlier on Black Friday.
The sheriff said that Crumbley had posted pictures of the gun, and shot him, in the lead-up to the school shooting, the sheriff said.
Investigators said they were still trying to determine the cause of the fatal shooting as the suspect was not speaking to them. However, some classmates have said that Crumbley was bullied, According to the Detroit Free Press,
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Investigators say Crumbley’s parents, James and Jennifer, advised their son not to speak to officers after his arrest. Undersheriff Mike McCabe said police should seek permission from the teen’s parents or guardians to speak to them.
Meanwhile, investigators are doing a “deep dive” of Crumbley’s social media accounts to try to determine a motive or see if there were any red flags.
Crumbley was featured in Local oxford leader newspaper Back in 2017 when he spoke of an elementary school group project on poverty and hunger.
“I see people on the streets who are homeless and hungry sometimes, and that’s why I feel like I should take action and help them,” he was quoted as saying.
Officials said late Tuesday they were made aware of social media posts saying there had been shooting threats in Oxford, but the sheriff said they did not know about the rumors until after the attack.
An Instagram account by Crumbley’s name, which has since been deleted, contained the phrase “‘Now I am Death, the Destroyer of the World’. See you tomorrow, Oxford” Biography section read, According to Granthshala 2 Detroit,
The sheriff said Crumbley had no prior disputes with his department and was not aware of any disciplinary history at the school prior to the shooting.
Officers sent his family home hours after the shooting and were seen carrying evidence, including long guns, Granthshala 2 Footage Has shown.
Crumbley was taken into custody in the school hallway minutes after the deputy arrived at lunchtime.
The sheriff said the teen raised his hand as the deputy approached him, the sheriff said, adding that seven additional rounds were found in his gun.
Authorities identified the three students killed in Tuesday’s shootings as 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and 17-year-old Madison Baldwin. The fourth teen, 17-year-old Justin Schilling, died of wounds on Wednesday.
According to the sheriff, after a deputy in a patrol car tried to take him to the emergency room, Maire died.
Seven students, aged 14 to 17, were admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds, many of them in critical condition. A 14-year-old girl was put on a ventilator after surgery.
A teacher left the hospital on Tuesday after being treated for a shoulder injury, officials said.
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