At least three people died and eight were injured at Oxford High School in Michigan during a shooting episode on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a 15-year-old suspect has been taken into custody, the authorities reported.
Suspect arrested after killing students at a Michigan school
According to Michael G. McCabe, Oakland County’s undersheriff, deceased individuals included a 16-year-old male student and two female students, ages 14 and 17. Among the eight injured, which included a teacher as well, two are undergoing surgery, while six others are in stable condition.
Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan governor, mentioned this is a nightmare for parents, noting that school shootings have truly become an American problem.
The governor likewise offered her condolences to the victims’ families, encouraging people to extend their support to the families of the students and the wounded school personnel.
"The whole thing lasted 5 minutes." 5 minutes, 3 dead, 6 injured, a new community of gun violence survivors, lives forever changed. I will never accept this as normal. We don’t have to live like this. We must keep fighting to #EndGunViolence. https://t.co/V5RzJwpwTo
— Mia Livas Porter (@MiaLivasPorter) November 30, 2021
According to McCabe, the suspect was a sophomore at the same school. The suspect’s parents have now hired an attorney to defend his case.
McCabe also noted the suspect did not resist the arrest and has not made any statements to the police yet. This was recommended by his parents, who visited him after his arrest. The parents urged him not to make any statement to the police as a means of exercising his rights.
Similarly, McCabe said investigators will explore all angles to find the motive of the attack, including scrutinizing social media posts. Until now, the suspect had no previous criminal record.
Heather Hull’s daughter, a junior at Oxford High, was in her classroom when she heard a “ruckus outside the room, it sounded like [someone] was fighting": "She couldn’t tell what it was because she’s never heard a gun before." https://t.co/6YviddfJnP
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 1, 2021
According to the sheriff’s office, while 911 got the first call regarding the shooting at 12:51 pm, over 100 calls were received about the active shooter during the whole incident.
While the police made an arrest, almost five minutes after the shooting was started, the suspect managed to fire around 15 to 20 shots during that timeframe.
Over 60 ambulances and 100 law enforcement personnel responded to the shooting, arresting the suspect and recovering a semi-automatic handgun. The school is located in Oxford Township, a small town with a mere population of almost 22,000 people.
Oxford High School was under threat for a long time
The school superintendent of the Oxford school community, Tim Throne, was dismayed over the incident, calling the event “devastating.” He also noted the schools in the community had no metal detectors and nobody in the past bothered to install them.
Robin Redding, a mother whose son was absent from the school on the chaotic day, noted there had been persistent threats of shootings at the school. Therefore, the event cannot be a random tragedy.
Bryant, a 12th grader in the school, said his several cousins had a bad feeling about the school, so he decided to do his assignments online. Likewise, he noted he’d been hearing plans of the shooting at school “for a long time.”
As the threats regarding the shooting persisted in the school in recent days, the school’s website posted a couple of letters to parents, mentioning the authorities were responding to the calls for threats.