Oxford school shooting suspect used father’s gun in attack, police say
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 was taken into custody by the police in relation to the shooting at the Oxford High School, north of Detroit in Oakland, and a handgun was recovered.
“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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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
Parents and students had a ‘bad feeling’ ahead of shooting
Threats of a shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan allegedly circulated online before a 15-year-old student suspect’s deadly rampage on Tuesday afternoon.
Three people were killed and eight others injured when a shooter opened fire on classmates and teaching staff at the school in Oxford Township just before 1pm local time.
Authorities identified the gunman as a male sophomore at the school who was arrested at the scene. Parents said they had a “bad feeling” following the rumours. The Independent’s Megan Sheets has the details.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 11:30
Shooter had a 9 mm Sig Sauer, bought by father
The 15-year-old suspect arrested following the shooting was not only “not talking” to investigators on Tuesday night, but had been using a gun that was bought by his father on Friday.
Mike Bouchard, the Oakland County sheriff, told reporters that the suspect’s father bought the gun on Friday, for an unknown reason.
The semi-automatic firearm, a 9 mm Sig Sauer, is a concealed carry firearm.
Mr Bouchard said the suspect had been posting pictures of and practicing shooting with it. He was arrested in a hallway within minutes of Oakland County sheriff’s officers arriving at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday. He put his hands in the air as deputies approached, Mr Bouchard said.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 11:15
Flags will be lowered across Michigan
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said that flags will be lowered across the state of Michigan on Wednesday after the Oxford High School shooting.
She has described the attack on Oxford High School as “horrific” and that her heart was “with the parents who had their children taken from them and with the entire Oxford community.”
“No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. This is a time for us to come together and help children feel safe at school,” Ms Whitmer said.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 10:50
Sheriff says officers and school ‘saved lives’
Mike Bouchard, the sheriff of Oakland County, has spoken of his “overwhelming sadness” following the school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, on Tuesday.
Mr Bouchard said Oxford High School’s Covid protocols and the actions of Oakland County officers helped “saved lives”, after three students were killed.
Gino Spocchia1 December 2021 10:30