Three students shot dead, eight injured in Michigan high school; 15-year-old arrested

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Nov. 30 (Reuters) – A 15-year-old boy opened fire at a Michigan high school on Tuesday with a semi-automatic pistol his father had purchased days earlier, killing three comrades and injuring eight others before his arrest, according to the authorities mentioned.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told a press briefing hours after the rampage at Oxford High School that investigators were unable to explain what could have precipitated an act of violence “unspeakable and unforgivable”.

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.

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“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 from the suspect, a sophomore high school student, adding that “there was no suggestion that there had been any disciplinary issues or problems with him at school “.

The bloodshed around noon in Oxford, Mich., About 40 miles north of Detroit, as terrified students and teachers taking cover inside the school flooded the County emergency dispatch center of more than 100 calls for help, authorities said.

Bouchard credited the swift action of his assistants, who he said arrived on the scene within minutes and walked straight to the sound of the gunfire, avoiding a much higher death toll.

They confronted the young suspect 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.

“The only information I have is that he came out of a bathroom with a gun, and I don’t know where he went first,” Bouchard said.

PLACED IN JUVENILE DETENTION

Police will ultimately turn the findings of their investigation to prosecutors, who will decide what charges to lay and whether the suspect will be charged as an adult or a minor, the sheriff said.

So far, the 15-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released by authorities because he is a minor, was being held in a special cell under suicidal supervision in a juvenile detention center, the official said. Oakland County Director David Coulter.

Three students died in the shooting – a 16-year-old boy who succumbed to his injuries on his way to hospital in a patrol car, and two girls, aged 14 and 17, authorities said .

Parents walk away with their children from the Meijer parking lot, where many students have gathered following an active shooting situation at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, USA on 30 November 2021. Eric Seals-USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS

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Of the other eight people shot, seven were students, two of whom were hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the head.

At least two girls, aged 14 and 17, have been described by Bouchard as seriously injured with chest injuries, one of them being placed on a ventilator.

A teacher was also treated for a shoulder injury and later fired.

Deputy Sheriff Michael McCabe said earlier that 15 to 20 bullets 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.

“AMERICAN PROBLEM”

“My heart goes out to the families who suffer the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” President Joe Biden told reporters during a visit to a technical college in Minnesota.

The latest in a long string of 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 do not are often left 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.

Student Abbey Hodder told the Detroit Free Press she was in chemistry class when she heard the sound of broken glass.

“My teacher kind of failed and was struggling,” Hodder, 15, told the newspaper. “The next thing I knew, I saw he was pushing tables. It’s part of school protocol to barricade himself, so we all knew, barricade, barricade down. started pushing tables. “

Video posted to social media showed students huddled in a boarded up classroom as someone outside shouted through the door that it was possible to exit safely, identifying themselves as being with the desk of the sheriff.

But the teacher replies, “We are not taking that risk,” and disbelieving students who feared the gunman would try to lure them into the hall escaped through a back window and were quickly greeted by uniformed deputies. .

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Reporting by Peter Szekely and Tyler Clifford in New York, Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles, Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru and Jarrett Renshaw in Philadelphia; Additional writing and reporting by Daniel Trotta and Steve Gorman; Editing by Matthew Lewis, Peter Cooney and Richard Pullin

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