A 17-year-old student is the fourth victim to die in an Oxford, Michigan high school shooting as murder charges were announced against the teenage suspect.
Suspected shooter Ethan Crumbley, 15, was charged Wednesday with four counts of first degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to kill and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.
He is being charged as an adult and will be arraigned later Wednesday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said at a news conference.
McDonald said Tuesday’s Oxford High School shooting was “not just an impulsive act” and was planned.
“There is a mountain of digital evidence – videotapes, social media, all digital evidence possible – and we are absolutely confident that we can show it was premeditation,” she told reporters.
The charges came shortly after authorities announced the death of the fourth victim, a 17-year-old student Justin Shilling.
Shilling died around 10:45 a.m. at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities previously identified the other three students who were killed as 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Tate Myre, 16.
Seven other people were seriously injured, including a teacher, and taken to hospital, Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. Three of them were released on Wednesday afternoon, but two teenagers remained in serious condition.
The shooting took place just before 1 p.m. Authorities said more than 100 911 calls had been made.
Investigators say Crumbley started shooting after getting out of a bathroom and standing in the hallway of the school until he was detained.
Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Michael McCabe previously said MPs responded to the shooting “and within five minutes the suspect was taken into custody.”
Bouchard said Wednesday that his office, as well as the prosecutor, intended to request that Crumbley be transferred from the juvenile facility to the Oakland County Jail.
During Wednesday’s press conference, McDonald spoke about how students, teachers and staff were to seek refuge as gunshots rang out.
“When the shooting started yesterday, the students, teachers and school staff had to act quickly to save their lives,” she said.
“Law enforcement and all first responders had to act quickly to prevent more lives being lost and to get help for those shot dead.”
The prosecutor said Crumbley was charged with terrorism because of the people who had to flee and go into hiding.
“What about all the other kids running around, screaming, hiding under desks? What about all the kids in the house right now who can’t eat and can’t sleep and can’t imagine a world where they can never go back to that school? They are also victims, and their families and the community as well. And the terrorism accusation reflects that, ”she said.
Prosecutors consider charges against suspect’s parents
The handgun allegedly used was recovered. Investigators believe the suspect’s father purchased the Sig Sauer 9mm handgun on Friday, Bouchard said.
Bouchard said Wednesday morning on CNN that it was clear the suspect “came out with the intention of killing people.”
“He was shooting people at point blank range, often in the head or in the chest,” he said. “It’s just cold-blooded murder. And our forensic team has been working all night and so far I think they’ve recovered over 30 shell casings. So we think he shot the bullet. minus 30 shots. “
A total of 18 live and unfired bullets were found after Crumbley’s detention. Police found seven in his pocket and 11 more were later discovered in a magazine, according to Bouchard.
Bouchard said the suspect’s parents had requested a lawyer and that under Michigan law authorities cannot speak with a minor without parental permission.
“They refused this authorization,” said the sheriff. “So we can’t get the motive for the suspect we have in custody, but we think we have a way to get a lot of supporting information on how and why this happened.”
Having not yet been able to question the suspect, investigators still do not know what possible motive he might have had, Bouchard added.
“There is nothing he could have faced that would justify senseless and absolutely brutal violence against other children,” said the sheriff.
Crumbley’s parents were asked to meet with the school on Monday and Tuesday, before the shooting, to discuss behavior “regarding” in class, Bouchard said.
He did not detail the content of those meetings, but added that there had been no history of the suspect showing warning signs.
The high school’s anti-bullying coordinator told investigators they had no record of Crumbley having a history of bullying.
It does not appear that the students were individually targeted in the shooting.
It is a story of rupture; come back for updates.