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An unidentified 15-year-old sophomore at Oxford High School in Michigan was taken into custody after he went on a horrific five-minute shooting rampage Tuesday that left three teenagers dead and eight wounded, including a teacher.
According to The Detroit News, the victims included 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, and 16-year-old Tate Myre. Three of the students who were wounded in the attack are in critical condition.
A video on TikTok posted by a student shows students and a teacher in a classroom during the lockdown. Someone knocked on the door claiming to be from the sheriff’s office. The teacher told him they did not feel safe coming out and the person said, “Open the door… bro.”
After hearing that statement which raised red flags, the students crawled out a window and ran to a sheriff’s deputy who told them they were safe.
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Other victims in the shooting include a 14-year-old girl who is in critical condition with gunshot wounds to both her neck and chest.
“She’s currently on a ventilator after surgery, so it’s looking very tough for this young girl,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard sadly reported while struggling to keep it together.
A 14-year-old boy was also in critical condition. He has a gunshot wound to the head.
The Detroit News is reporting that other victims include a 14-year-old boy in serious condition with gunshot wounds to his jaw and head; a 17-year-old girl in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the neck; a 15-year-old boy in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his left leg; and a 17-year-old boy in stable condition with a wound to his hip.
A female teacher, 47, was treated for a grazing gunshot wound to her left shoulder and was then discharged. The wounded were taken to three area hospitals; McLaren Lapeer Region Community Medical Center, McLaren Oakland in Pontiac, and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac.
Police were called to the school at 12:51 p.m. They took the suspect into custody within two to three minutes of arriving on the tragic scene. He reportedly put up his hands, did not resist, and surrendered his weapon. The boy is refusing to cooperate with deputies and has asked for an attorney.
The boy reportedly used a 9mm SIG Sauer SP2022, according to Fox News. Bouchard said the suspect’s father bought the gun four days ago. The suspect had two 15-round magazines with him at the time of the shooting and police are searching for a possible third magazine. When officers arrested him, he still had seven rounds loaded in the gun.
“When they took it from him, he had a loaded firearm and he was coming down the hall,” Bouchard stated on Tuesday evening. “That, I believe, interrupted what potentially could have been seven more victims.”
Police believe that the boy acted alone. He was not injured when he was taken into custody.
“We have talked to the parents, and all I can tell you is they didn’t want their son to talk to us and they have hired an attorney,” Undersheriff Michael G. McCabe remarked.
The superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, Tim Throne, was devastated by the event, calling the shooting “shocking” and “horrifying.”
A 15-year-old freshman named Isabel Flores told FOX 2 Detroit that when the shooting began she ran out of the back of the school with other students.
“We’re also hearing that there were rumors that somebody had heard or said something or knew something in advance,” Bouchard commented. “None of that came to us. If we find out there was information, that’s exactly the kind of thing we need to get and get looped into.”
On Nov. 4, the school was vandalized and a severed deer head was left in the courtyard. That prompted the school to send a letter to parents over the incident. However, the police believe the two events are unrelated.
“I know a question came up earlier about a deer head incident. This is absolutely unrelated. That was a different incident and a different student,” McCabe contended.
President Joe Biden addressed the issue during a tour at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota.
“As we learn the full details, my heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” Biden stated. “You’ve gotta know that that whole community has to be in a state of shock right now.”
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also declared that “no one should be afraid to go to school.”
“I think this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” she proclaimed at the scene.
“My heart goes out to the families. This is an unimaginable tragedy,” she said. “I hope that we can all rise to the occasion and wrap our arms around the families.”
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