15-year-old kills four and injures others in school shooting
Oxford, Michigan: Yesterday just before 1:00 pm calls began pouring in to 911 reporting an active shooter at Oxford High School.
Officers rushed to the scene and within five minutes of the first 911 call, apprehended the 15-year-old suspect without incident. Officers also took possession of the still loaded 9mm handgun they believe he used in the shooting.
Neither his name nor his motive have been revealed at this time, but officials did disclose that he had been placed on suicide watch.
His father is said to have purchased the firearm just four days prior.
As of this morning, four students have died as a result of the shooting and an additional seven, including one teacher, were injured. The other students injured were between the ages of 14 and 17-years-old.
Three of the injured remain in critical condition as of Tuesday night.
Those that were killed in the shooting were listed as 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin ,and 17-year-old Justin Shilling.
Classes across the school district were canceled for the remainder of the week according to an alert message on Oxford High School's website. An email was sent to staff and student families concerning the availability of grief counselors.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard disclosed that the suspect declined to speak with investigators and requested an attorney. He is in custody at the Oakland County's Children's Village.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald promised the community that she would file "appropriate charges quickly" and that she "will seek justice."
In speaking with reporters, some parents indicated that there had been rumors of a shooting happening at the school for a while.
Robin Redding, the parent of a 12th grader at the school, told the Associated Press that her son "was not in school today. He just said, 'Ma, I don't feel comfortable. None of the kids that we go to school with are going today.'"
Another parent, Jody Job also said her student did not attend classes that day either because "he felt like something was going to go down. I think there was just a level of discomfort with some of the students," she said.
Undersheriff Michael McCabe indicated that at this time, investigators are not aware of any previous disciplinary issues at the school concerning the suspect, or any previous involvement with law enforcement.
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