The Oakland County Sheriff said Friday that the suspected Michigan high school shooter never left the building between his meeting with school officials and when the shooting began, based on video surveillance inside the school.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Granthshala New Day’s John Berman, “We have to believe he had the weapon hidden in his backpack or somewhere along that itinerary and because the process never left him at school.”
The sheriff also addressed an Instagram post obtained by Granthshala where the suspect apparently refers to the gun as his own.
Bouchard said, “Legally it does not belong to him, he cannot own or possess that weapon outside the home or process any way of carrying or using it without very few restrictions.” “
Authorities had earlier said the suspect’s father had bought the gun on Black Friday.
Bouchard said the suspect is legally permitted to own and possess a gun in certain places, such as within gun range, private property or indoors.
“Not outside the house, they can’t even legally own it,” the sheriff said.
As the investigation continues into how the suspect came into possession of the weapon, the sheriff’s weight may put the parent in potential legal danger.
The prosecutor has indicated that a possible charge decision concerning the parents could come at any time, without specifying what evidence they had.
“It’s a bit of a challenge, obviously neither the parents or the suspects are talking to us,” he told Berman.
Officials are attempting to answer questions, including “by what process did the possession of the weapon come that day? Was it given that he was allowed to lift and carry freely at his discretion or was it Was stolen Was something broken to remove it?
When pressured by school actions about the suspect’s “concerning” behavior, the sheriff reiterated, “We wanted to either engage in that conversation in the room or tell us about it right away.”
“They may not have certain rights or they may not want to do certain things, but it is different for us, we have a different role, a different process,” Bouchard said.
Meanwhile, officials are investigating “hundreds and hundreds of threats” that have led to the closure of 60 schools in the wake of the deadly shooting.
None of them have been verified “anything that ultimately has any credibility” but as the sheriff noted all threats will be thoroughly investigated because “we can’t afford one in a hundred.”
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