OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A fourth teenager died Wednesday after one shooting at a high school in Michigan when a 15-year-old student opened fire “with the intent to kill,” authorities said.
Four teenagers died and seven people were injured at Oxford High School in Oakland County when an armed man fired what the sheriff’s deputies now believe is 30 shots Tuesday afternoon and tried to break doors to the classroom.
“He came out with the intent to kill people. He shot people at close range, often to the head or chest,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard. said on CNN early Wednesday. “It’s cool. It’s just completely cold-hearted murderous.”
Bouchard said the suspect was arrested at the scene about 45 minutes northwest of Detroit. The sheriff’s office identified the victims as Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Justin Shilling, 17.
Students described a chaotic scene when a voice came over the intercom to announce an active shooter. Some did not know if it was a drill. Teachers hurried to lock and lock doors and cover windows. The students were in tears and sent text messages to their loved ones.
Abbey Hodder, 15, another student, went into chemistry class when she thought she heard glass break.
“My teacher ran out a bit and was about to run around,” she said, describing how she and her classmates followed their active shooting practice. “The next thing I knew, I saw him push tables. It’s part of the school protocol to barricade, so we all knew, barricades, barricades down. And we all started pushing tables.”
Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said in a statement that her office was reviewing the case and intended to “issue appropriate charges promptly.”
The suspect’s father bought the gun days earlier; possible warning signs examined
Bouchard said that The suspect’s father bought the gun on Friday and that the teenager appeared to be posting pictures of the gun online days before the shooting.
Undersheriff Michael McCabe acknowledged that there were rumors of warning signs and said they were being investigated. At least one parent told the Associated Press that her son did not go to school because he feared something might happen.
“He just said, ‘Mom, I’m not feeling well. None of the kids we go to school with go today,’ Robin Redding, who has a 12th-grade son, told the news agency. .
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The suspect, a sophomore from the Village of Oxford who authorities have not identified, was in the class during the day, McCabe said. The weapon was a 9 mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol. Bouchard said the teenager was arrested with seven rounds still in a magazine and one in the chamber.
The suspect claimed his right not to speak to investigators and asked for a lawyer. He was detained at the county juvenile jail and was under suicide surveillance, County Chief David Coulter said Tuesday night.
Who was killed, wounded during the shooting in Oxford?
Tate Myre died in a patrol car when a deputy drove him to a hospital, Bouchard said. Justin Shilling died Wednesday at a local hospital.
Seven people were injured, including a teacher. Bouchard said most of the remaining shot victims were stable, but some remained in critical condition. Police had said a 14-year-old girl was placed in a ventilator after surgery and that the 47-year-old teacher was discharged after being treated.
A post on the Twitter page of the Oxford High Schools football team said Tate had been a college footballer since his freshman year and was an honorary student. “Tate was an amazing young man with a bright future and loved by all. You will be missed, Tate,” the tweet read.
“He was a great football player with the brightest future and was an even better young man off the pitch while he was on it,” another tweet read.
The school’s women’s basketball team tweeted that Hana St. Juliana was a dedicated member of the program. “We will never forget your kind heart, silly personality and passion for the game. … This season we play for you Hana,” post read.
Madisyn Baldwin’s grandmother described the 17-year-old as a talented artist and told WDIV-TV that she had already received several university acceptances. Madisyn was patient and “so kind,” her grandmother told the television station.
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How the shooting at Oxford High School went
12:51 Tuesday at Police officers received a 911 call for an active shooter at Oxford High School. More than 100 calls eventually came in. Within about five minutes of the first call, Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies had arrested the suspect, McCabe said.
Surveillance video from the school showed the suspect coming out of a bathroom with a gun, Bouchard said.
McCabe said the school did “everything right” and made everyone seek refuge. Locked doors and the quick action of first aiders “saved lives,” Bouchard said.
Abbey said she and her classmates lined up along a wall and grabbed something to throw, also part of their active shooting practice. But not long after, her teacher said they should jump out of a window and run.
ONE video shared widely on social media from inside a classroom showed students hiding when they heard a knock on the door. A voice outside the classroom said, “The sheriff’s office. It’s safe to get out.” Inside, one person replied, “We are not willing to take that risk right now.”
“It’s ok,” the voice outside insisted. “Open the door. It’s all right, brother.” When students heard the person outside use the word “brother,” pandemonium broke out. Someone called it a “red flag” because a sheriff’s deputy would hardly use the word “brother.” The students fled through a window, and a sheriff’s deputy greeted them as they entered through another door across a courtyard.
Bouchard did not confirm that the person in the video trying to enter the room was in fact the shooter, but said, “A cunning man like this would not have surprised me, given the way he acted.”
Ashley Bales, a senior, was not aware that the intercom was genuine until she received a text message from her sister. She and her classmates ran outside and down a slippery hill toward a Meijer grocery store during the shooting. She was slapped in the face in a pinch by people, but was okay.
“It was hard for me because my sister was still going to school,” she said.
said Brandi Lawrey she was talking on the phone with her daughter, Makenzie, 17, as she ran from the building while police officers directed her out. Lawrey said Makenzie’s class barricaded their door with tables and chairs, then squeezed into a distant corner before leaving the building.
“All the words in her text and the fear in her voice kept filtering through my mind,” Brandi Lawrey said Wednesday morning. “Makenzie is crushed and crushed. She’s scared.”
School Superintendent Tim Throne said Oxford High does not have metal detectors. Authorities knew how the student brought the weapon in, McCabe added, but he did not elaborate.
McCabe said the district and the superintendent are working hard to keep the school’s 1,800 students safe, highlighting the fact that a deputy is affiliated with the school and was involved in the suspect’s arrest.
How many school shootings have taken place this year?
Of those, 20 have happened since August, when many students returned to personal learning for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. There were 10 registered shootings in 2020.
In addition, the incident is the 651st in 2021, in which at least four people were shot, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Starring: Khalil AlHajal, Elisha Anderson, Liz Shepard, David Jesse, Kristen Jordan Shamus and Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press; Michael Braun, Fort Myers News-Press; Associated Press
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