Student kills 3, wounds 8 at Oxford High School in Michigan

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire on his high school in Michigan, killing three students, including a …

OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire on his high school in Michigan, killing three students, including a 16-year-old boy who died in a deputy patrol car on his way to a hospital, authorities said. Eight other people were injured, some seriously.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said investigators were still trying to determine a motive for Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit.

“The person with the most insight and motive is not speaking,” Bouchard said at a news conference late Tuesday night.

The suspect’s father had bought the 9mm Sig Sauer used in the shooting last Friday, Bouchard said, adding he did not know why the man bought the gun. Bouchard said the suspect had practiced shooting with the gun and “posted pictures of the target and the weapon.”

The three students killed were 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. Bouchard said Myre died in a patrol car when a deputy tried to get him to a hospital.

Bouchard said a teacher who received a wound on the shoulder was discharged from the hospital, but seven students, ages 14 to 17, remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds, including a 14-year-old girl who was on a respirator after surgery.

Bouchard said authorities were alerted to allegations circulating on social media that there had been threats of a shooting at a school with about 1,700 students, but he said they did not know about the rumors until after the attack.

Bouchard stressed how crucial it is that tips of this kind be sent to the authorities, while warning against spreading rumors on social media about the attack before a full investigation.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe also downplayed the significance of an incident in early November when a deer head was thrown down from the school roof, which he said was “absolutely unrelated” to the shooting. The vandalism prompted school administrators to send two letters to parents on the school’s website earlier in November, saying they were responding to rumors of a threat to the school but that they had not found any.

Authorities did not immediately release the suspect’s name, but Bouchard said deputies arrested him within minutes of arriving at the school in response to a flood of 911 calls about the attack, which happened shortly before noon. 13.00. He said deputies arrested him after he came out of a bathroom with the gun, which he said had seven cartridges still in it.

“I think they literally saved lives by taking the suspect down with a loaded firearm while they were still in the building,” Bouchard said.

McCabe said the suspect’s parents visited their son, where he was detained, and advised him not to talk to investigators, which is his right. Police must seek permission from a young suspect’s parents or guardian to speak to them, he added.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald issued a statement Tuesday night in which she said her office expects to issue charges quickly and that an update would be given Wednesday.

Bouchard said the suspect had no previous approach to his department and he was not aware of any disciplinary history at the school.

“It’s part of our investigation to determine what happened prior to this event and if any characters were missed, how were they missed and why,” he said.

President Joe Biden said before commenting on a community college in Rosemount, Minnesota: “When we learn the full details, my heart goes out to the families who endure the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one.”

The school was closed down after the attack, with some children seeking shelter in locked classrooms while officers searched the premises. They were later taken to a nearby Meijer grocery store to be picked up by their parents.

The district said in a statement that all of its schools would be closed for the rest of the week.

Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth-grader, told WJBK-TV that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student bleeding from her face. They then ran from the area through the back of the school, she said.

Authorities said they were looking for the suspect’s cell phone, school video footage and social media postings for evidence of a possible motive.

School administrators had sent two letters to parents on the school’s website in November, saying they were responding to rumors of a threat to the school following a bizarre vandalism incident.

According to a November 4 letter written by principal Steve Wolf, someone threw a deer head into a courtyard from the school roof, painted several windows on the roof with red acrylic paint and used the same paint on concrete near the school building in the early days . morning hours. Without specifically referring to that incident, another post on November 12 assured “there has been no threat to our building or our students.”

Both the sheriff and the deputy sheriff stressed that Tuesday’s shooting was not related to the deer head or any previous investigation from their office.

“It was a different incident, a different student,” McCabe said.

A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said her son, Treshan Bryant, is a 12th grader at the school, but stayed home Tuesday. Redding said her son had heard threats that there could be a shooting.

“This could not just be random,” she said.

Bryant said he texted several younger cousins ​​in the morning and they said they did not want to go to school and he got a bad feeling. He asked his mother if he could perform his tasks online.

Bryant said he had heard vague threats “for a long time now” about plans for a shooting.

At a guard at Lakepoint Community Church Tuesday night, Leeann Dersa choked to tears as she hugged friends and neighbors. Dersa has lived almost all of her 73 years in Oxford, and her grandchildren went to high school.

“Scared us all something terrible. It’s awful, ”Dersa said of the shooting.

Pastor Jesse Holt said the news of the shooting flowed in to him and his wife, including texts from some of the 20 to 25 students who are among the congregation of 400 members.

“Some were very scared, hiding under their desks and writing to us, ‘We are safe, we are fine. We heard shots, but we are okay.’ They tried to reassure us, at least that’s how it felt, ”he said.

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Associated Press writers Corey Williams of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Kathleen Foody of Chicago, Josh Boak of Rosemount, Minnesota, and David Aguilar of Oxford Township contributed to this report.

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