Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald has announced that the suspect in the Michigan school shooting, identified as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, died as an adult with one count of terrorism, first-degree murder. Of four counts, seven counts. Assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Ms. McDonald said “important facts are still to be collected. The process will take time”. She confirmed that Mr. Crumbley is facing life in prison as he is being charged as an adult. Is.
She said “additional charges could be issued very soon” and that Mr Crumble was being charged as an adult under Michigan law because of “the gravity of the offence”. “First-degree murder is the most serious crime,” McDonald’s told reporters on Wednesday.
“There are facts leading up to the shooting which show that it was not merely an impulsive act,” the prosecutor said. She said Mr Crumble would be “presented later this afternoon”.
“We have become insensitive to school shootings,” she said, and “we have to address gun ownership at both a local and national level to prevent further tragedies like we did yesterday.”
“Charging this person as an adult is essential to achieving justice and protecting the public,” McDonald said. “Any other option would put all of us at risk of this person because they could be released and still be a threat.”
She noted that charging the suspect with first-degree murder “required forethought. And after reviewing the evidence I’m pretty sure it’s not even a close call. It was absolutely premeditated.”
“We are looking into the charges against both parents and we will make a decision expeditiously,” the prosecutor said.
“There’s a mountain of digital evidence, videotapes, social media,” the prosecutor said, leading him to believe “we can show premeditation”.
Describing the allegation of terrorism, he noted the fear and effect not only for those who died or were injured, but for all the students who “hid under desks and ran screaming” and “home now.” But kids who can’t and can’t eat “I can’t sleep and can’t imagine a world where they can ever take a step back to that school.”
“They are also victims and their families too,” he said, “the allegation of terrorism shows this”.
“My focus is not on what the school did wrong or right – my focus is on the victims,” said Ms McDonald. “The response was perfectly executed,” she said, but noted that “four children were killed and multiple injuries occurred, which suggests that we can’t really train ourselves with this tragedy. The focus has to be that people should be held accountable.”
“If yesterday’s incident, in which four children were killed and several children were injured, isn’t enough to make us rethink our gun laws — I don’t know what is,” she said. “I’m a parent, here’s a parent. Parents are listening. We need to make sure that when we send our kids to school, they’re safe.”
“Responsible gun ownership is imperative. It is important,” she said.
The suspect’s father had purchased a semi-automatic 9mm Sig Sauer handgun used during the shooting four days earlier.
“We know that having a gun means securing it properly and locking it up and keeping ammunition separate and not allowing access to other individuals, especially minors,” McDonald said. “We know this and we have to hold accountable those who don’t.”
“Hopefully we’re going to start a long conversation and move the needle on proper gun control,” the prosecutor said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /