The suspect, a sophomore at the school, was taken into custody by the cops within minutes of responding to the shooting.
Trigger warning: This story contains themes of gun violence that some readers may find disturbing.
Three students were killed and eight others injured in a school shooting on Tuesday afternoon at a high school in Oxford, Michigan. A 15-year-old sophomore from the school was taken into custody by the cops who responded to the situation. Seven students including a teacher was shot, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. "I think this is every parent's worst nightmare," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in response to the school shooting. The students who were killed were identified as Tate Myre, 16; Hanna St. Julian, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, by the authorities. Three students remain in critical condition with gunshot wounds. A 14-year-old is on a ventilator after undergoing surgery while another 14-year-old boy is in serious condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his jaw and head, reported CNN. Many others suffered minor injuries while rushing out of the school but they were treated and released soon after.
Bouchard said a 15-year-old sophomore was taken into custody within minutes of responding to the situation without incident. "As they were coming down the hall, they saw him. He put his hands up, they took a gun and they took him into custody," said Bouchard. A semiautomatic handgun, 9MM Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol, was recovered by law enforcement, which was later confirmed to have been bought by the boys' father. It was loaded at the time of confiscation and contained seven rounds. Authorities recovered multiple shell casings and estimated that the 15-year-old fired 15-20 shots. "At this point in time, we believe he acted alone," said McCabe.
His parents hired an attorney and have not permitted him to talk to police, said Undersheriff Michael G. McCabe. He is currently being held at Oakland County Children's Village—a juvenile detention facility—and is on suicide watch where he is being checked on every 15 minutes, said David Coulter, the Oakland County executive. He is on suicide watch and being checked on every 15 minutes said David Coulter, the Oakland County executive. "This touches us all personally and deeply and will for a long time. This wound will never go away," said Bouchard.
Tuesday in America. 15-year-old student brings gun to school, shoots and kills three fellow students, injures several others, at high school in Oxford Township near Detroit Michigan. There will be thoughts and prayers, no gun control legislation, and on we go to the next one. pic.twitter.com/2P7DjsBE5P— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 30, 2021
Governor Whitmer described school shootings as a "uniquely American problem" and a "public health crisis." She spoke at a press conference to address the shooting. "My heart goes out to the families. This is an unimaginable tragedy. I hope we can all rise to the occasion and wrap our arms around the families, the affected children and school personnel and this community," said Whitmer. Dana Nessel, the attorney general of Michigan, also called on Congress to address gun violence. “We must act to properly address gun violence in our schools and the ongoing threat of another unconscionable tragedy if we continue to only offer thoughts and prayers. Our kids deserve better,” said Whitmer.
As soon as the first shots rang out, students locked their classroom doors and hid. Some of them armed themselves with whatever they could find including calculators and scissors. McCabe said they have learned how he brought the gun into school premises but didn't divulge the information. The authorities are yet to determine a motive for the shooting. "We've done three sweeps of the high school to make sure there are no other victims. We don't have a motive at this point in time. We are still investigating that," said McCabe. He added that the teenager could be tried as an adult.
A student from inside Oxford High School captured this footage of the possible shooter trying to get into the classroom by impersonating a sheriff— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) November 30, 2021
The students did not open the door and escaped through a windowhttps://t.co/DCKb6l555w pic.twitter.com/gQWOuJPAAL
President Joe Biden addressed the shooting later. "My heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one. You've gotta know that that whole community has to be in a state of shock right now," said Biden.
My heart is with the students of Oxford High School and the people of Michigan.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 1, 2021
We have to create a country where our kids can attend school safely and without fear of deadly violence. It's past time.
Yet another school shooting, this time at Oxford high school. Hopefully one day this picture gets outdated. pic.twitter.com/1nSTlBYrMm— Nathan Baldwin (He/Him) (@nathan_jbaldwin) November 30, 2021
According to Gun Violence Archive, 14,516 people died from gun violence in the US in 2021 until September 15, and is on pace to be the worst year for gun violence in decades, reported CNN.
Cover Image Source: OXFORD, MI - NOVEMBER 30: Students, parents, teachers, and community members gather for a vigil at the Lake Point Community Church on November 30, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)