At least three students are dead and eight others are injured after a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday.
The suspected shooter at Oxford High School, who is now in police custody, is believed to have used a semi-automatic handgun his father purchased on Black Friday.
“At 12.51pm, the first 9-1-1 call was placed about an active shooter at Oxford High School,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook. “Dispatch received over 100 9-1-1 calls during the incident.”
The three students who were killed in the shooting were 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hanna St Julian, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. Myre succumbed to his wounds in a patrol car as a deputy tried to get him to a hospital.
Chilling visuals from the shooting incident showed students running for cover and classroom doors barricaded with chairs as the suspect walked through the halls with a semi-automatic handgun.
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Megan Sheets1 December 2021 14:55
RECAP: Everything we know about the Oxford High School shooting
The suspected shooter, a 15-year-old sophomore, was taken into custody by police in response to the incident at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of 22,000 people 30 miles north of Detroit, and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered.
Oakland County undersheriff Mike McCabe said the suspect had not offered any resistance when he was apprehended – within five minutes of the first 911 call being received – and that a motive for the attack had not yet been established, the boy having invoked his right to an attorney and declined to speak to officers.
The Independent’s Joe Sommerlad explains everything we know about the shooting so far:
Megan Sheets1 December 2021 14:35
‘We grabbed calculators and scissors’
Students of Oxford High School have recalled grabbing scissors to defend themselves during the shooting that killed three of their classmates and injured eight more on Tuesday.
Aiden Page, a student at the school, said a bullet pierced one of the desks that he and other students had used to barricade the classroom door.
“We heard two gunshots and after that, my teacher ran into the room, locked it, we barricaded and then we covered the windows and hid,” said the student. “We grabbed calculators, we grabbed scissors just in case the shooter got in and we had to attack them.”
Our reporter Sravasti Dasgupta has the details.
Megan Sheets1 December 2021 14:15
Suspect’s phone being searched, officials say
Officials in Oakland County, Michigan, have said they are searching the mobile phone belonging to the 15-year-old suspect who was arrested on Tuesday.
The phone will be searched, along with the suspect’s social media history, in an effort to determine a motive for the attack on Oxford High School.
Three students were shot dead and eight wounded.
It comes after Mike Bouchard, the Oakland County sheriff, said the suspect shared pictures of a pistol that they suspected was used on Tuesday. It was allegedly bought by his father on Friday.
Michael G McCabe, the undersheriff, told CNN that a search warrant had been served on the suspect’s family home, and that items were retrieved. He also suggested the suspect, who has not been identified, could be charged as an adult, although that remains to be seen.
Megan Sheets1 December 2021 13:50
College football team responds to death of 16-year-old
The college football team for Oxford High School has responded to the death of a 16-year-old, Tate Myer, who played for the side following Tuesday’s shooting.
Myer, the Oxford Wildcats said, “was a tremendous football player with the brightest of futures and was an even better young man off the field as he was on it.”
He is also the focus of a petition to rename the high school’s wildcat stadium in his honour. The campaign has already gained over 34,000 signatures.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 13:30
Pastor with injured child leads memorial service
There was standing room only at a church in Oxford Township on Tuesday night as locals gathered to mourn for the three students who were shot dead at a high school.
As WoodTV reported, the crowd filled the lobby of Lakepoint Community Church, where a service was held. A line of cars were meanwhile parked along the road.
Jesse Holt, a pastor at the church, said her child was among the victims who had been shot.
“You always hear it at someone else’s community and so when you hear it in yours, you have to — at least I’ve had to — set my emotion, my feeling aside for a moment and help those who are grieving and hurting.”
Images showed people gathering by candle light, and many hugging one another. Students, families of the victims, and members of the community were thought to be in attendance.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 13:10
Suspect on ‘suicide watch’, say officials
David Coulter, the Oakland County executive, has said the suspect arrested following Tuesday’s school shooting was on ‘suicide watch’.
Mr Coulter, as FOX2 reported on Tuesday night, said the suspect was being checked on every 15 minutes, amid apparent concerns for his safety.
He is currently being held at Oakland County Children’s Village, a detention facility for children.
Mike Bouchard, the Oakland County sheriff, said earlier on Tuesday night that the male student was “not talking” to investigators.
His parents, one of whom had allegedly bought the firearm suspected of being used in the attack, had hired an attorney and were not allowing the suspect to talk to police, CNN reported.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 12:50
State Democrats react to Oxford school shooting
Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat in the Michigan Senate, has said she is “lost for words” following the Oxford school shooting, and did not want “to hear ‘thoughts and prayers’” for the three dead, or eight wounded.
“I want everyone in any position of authority to agree that easy access to firearms that allow children to kill other children is not an acceptable world to live in and that we will do everything to stop it,” Ms McMorrow said.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 12:30
State Republicans react to Oxford school shooting
John Reilly, a Republican in the Michigan House of Representatives, has said he is “praying for a quick recovery for those who have been wounded, and comfort for families and friends grieving lost loved ones.”
“A tragedy like this shocks us all, and we need to support the people who endured this horrific trauma. Our community is unified in the face of this heinous act of violence, and we are especially grateful to our law enforcement officers and first responders for their efforts.”
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 12:10
FBI and Secret Service among agencies assisting Oakland County
Three community organisations and 26 police agencies have been helping the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office response and investigation of the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan.
The force said in a Facebook post that agencies including the FBI, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the United States Secret Service had all been involved in the past 24 hours.
“We are forever grateful for the outstanding show of support from our partners across the region during and after this tragedy,” said the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. “Please keep these heroic men and women in your hearts.”
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 11:50