Three students were killed and six other people wounded when a 15-year-old boy allegedly opened fire Tuesday at Oxford High School.
Of the injured victims, five are students and one is a teacher, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
The alleged shooter, an Oxford High School sophomore, is in custody and a handgun has been recovered, the sheriff’s office said.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the shooting lasted five minutes and the teen suspect surrendered to sheriff’s deputies after firing at least 15 rounds. Authorities don’t suspect any other shooters were involved.
McCabe declined to discuss any preliminary conversation authorities have had with the teen suspect, noting that he requested an attorney. McCabe also said numerous detectives will be interviewing students and combing through social media as they investigate what led up to the incident.
Police and fire personnel from several agencies, EMS units, SWAT and the sheriff’s aviation unit responded to the scene, which unfolded at around 12:50 p.m. More than 100 people called 9-1-1 to report the shooting.
Students were evacuated to the Meijer store in Oxford, just north of the downtown, which closed down to shoppers so the students could be picked up by parents or other relatives. Parents were advised to not go to the school.
Information on the victims’ conditions was not released, nor were their names.
Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne is expected to announce Tuesday evening when Oxford High School will reopen.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released this statement in response to the shooting:
“My heart breaks for the students, teachers, staff, and families of Oxford High School. The death of multiple students and the shooting of many others, including a teacher, is horrific. I want to thank the first responders on the ground working hard to keep people safe as law enforcement officials investigate this shooting and get the community the help it needs right now.
“As Michiganders, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect each other from gun violence. No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day. We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is a time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school.
“My heart is with the parents who had their children taken from them today and with the entire community in Oxford.”Oxford High School is located at 745 N. Oxford Road, in the northern portion of Oakland County.
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Author: Aileen Wingblad