Three high school students were shot and killed inside Oxford High School and eight others are in the hospital after a school shooting in Oxford, Michigan yesterday.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard released details about the victims: Tate Myre, 16, died inside a patrol car while deputies were taking him to the hospital: 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin.
While Bouchard did not elaborate more on the deaths of St. Julian and Baldwin, the sheriff provided this update on the other eight shooting victims, as of 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday:
- One victim is a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He’s in critical condition.
- Another victim is a 14-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head and jaw. He’s in serious condition.
- A 17-year-old girl is stable after being shot in the neck.
- Another victim, a 15-year-old boy, was shot in the leg and is stable.
- A 47-year-old teacher was grazed with a bullet.
- A 14-year-old is fighting for his life with chest and neck wounds. The sheriff said he’s currently on a ventilator after surgery.
- The final victim is a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the chest and is in critical condition.
“This kind of thing can happen anywhere and sadly it happened even in a sweet quiet community like Oxford,” Bouchard said.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer spoke during the 5 p.m. update, saying that this is every parent’s worst nightmare.
“I want to thank the quickness of our first responders. My heart goes out to all the families. It is an unimaginable tragedy,” Whitmer said.
The unidentified shooter is a 15-year-old sophomore and Oxford resident, was arrested by officials at the scene.
Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said that he was arrested within five minutes of the first 911 call – which came in at 12:51 p.m
McCabe say the teen evoked his right to remain silent and would not offer information about a motive or if the victims were targeted.
“He has already invoked his right to not speak. He wants an attorney, he is not telling us anything at this point in time,” McCabe said. “We believe he acted alone and don’t believe he planned this with anybody else.”
The suspect used a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun, which investigators said was purchased by the father on November 26.
Tuesday evening law enforcement seized several guns from the suspect’s family home on East Street near the school in Oxford Village.
McCabe said the suspect’s parents obtained an attorney for him and told him not to talk to the police.
The teen was under suicide watch, County Executive David Coulter said Tuesday night, and Prosecutor Karen McDonald said she planned to issue “appropriate charges quickly” and that the community has her commitment and promise that she “will seek justice.”
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