Investigators sifted through a bloody crime scene and looked into surveillance video, social media and eyewitness accounts as they searched for clues as to what prompted a 15-year-old boy to embark on a crime scene. fatal shooting at his Detroit-area high school.
The young suspect, whose name has not been released by authorities because he is a minor, opened fire on Tuesday at reuters.com/world/us/least-4-hurt-shooting-michigan-high-school-suspect- custody-report-2021- 11-30 with a semi-automatic handgun his father had bought four days earlier, killing three other students at Oxford High School. A teacher and seven other students were injured, some seriously, police said.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told a press briefing hours after the rampage in Oxford, Mich., About 40 miles north of Detroit, investigators had no explanation immediate on what could have precipitated an act of “unspeakable and unforgivable” violence. “It touches us all personally and deeply, and will remain so for a long time,” he said.
The suspect, disarmed and taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies minutes after the shooting began, refused to speak to investigators after his parents hired a lawyer and denied authorities permission to question their son, Bouchard said. “The person who has the most insight on mobile isn’t speaking,” the sheriff told reporters.
Bouchard said he was not aware of any involvement with law enforcement by the suspect, a sophomore high school student, adding that investigators had so far seen nothing to suggest a background disciplinary problems or threats. He said forensic technicians would likely work through the night collecting evidence at the crime scene, while detectives would start collecting video footage from security cameras mounted around the school and conducting investigations. interviews with witnesses and people who know the suspect.
He said a search warrant had been executed at the suspect’s home in Oxford and his phone was seized. THREE DEAD, EIGHT WOUNDED
Bouchard credited his assistants’ swift action to averting greater loss of life, saying they arrived at the scene within minutes and walked straight towards the sound of the gunfire. Officers confronted the young assailant who was walking down a hallway towards them with a loaded gun, when he put his hands on his head and surrendered, Bouchard said.
The precise sequence of events during the violence remained unclear, but police believe the boy carried the gun into the school in a backpack, the sheriff said. âThe only information I have is that he came out of a bathroom with a gun, and I don’t know where he went first,â Bouchard said.
Prosecutors will decide which charges to lay and whether the suspect should be treated as an adult or a minor, the sheriff said. The boy, who was not injured, was being held in a special cell under suicide watch at a juvenile detention center, Oakland County Director David Coulter said.
Three students lost their lives – a 16-year-old boy who died in a patrol car en route to a hospital and two girls, aged 14 and 17, authorities said. Of the seven other students hit by gunfire, three of them – a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head and two girls with chest wounds, aged 14 and 17, were hospitalized in critical condition, Bouchard said. The girl was on a ventilator after the operation.
The remaining four teenage victims – three boys and a girl – were listed in serious or stable condition, he said. A teacher was treated for a shoulder injury and later fired. Deputy Sheriff Michael McCabe said 15 to 20 shots were fired during the rampage, which lasted no more than five minutes.
Bouchard said the boy was armed with a 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun his father bought on November 26, as well as three 15-round magazines. Seven live ammunition remained in the gun when the youth was arrested, the sheriff said. The boy had apparently “fired” the gun before Tuesday’s attack and posted photos of the gun and a target he was using, according to the sheriff.
The latest in a long line of deadly U.S. school shootings is likely to fuel debates over gun control and mental health care, with many states allowing easy access to guns while mental health disorders often go untreated. “This is a uniquely American problem that we need to tackle,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who rushed to the scene and appeared with McCabe to the media. (By Steve Gorman; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)
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