DETROIT — SchoolDistricts in the metro area were shut down ThursdayTwo days after a gunman aged 15 shot at a teenager, there were threats of violence. Oxford High SchoolSeveral students were hurt and four of them were killed.
At least 14 school districts planned to close for at least one day. TheSuperintendent of Bloomfield Hills SchoolsAbout 20 miles south is Oxford TownshipIn a memo, he wrote: Wednesdaynight, the district and nearby communities “have received numerous reports about threats of violence circulating on social media.”
TheClosed shops are announced one day after closings. Ethan Crumbley appeared in court on first-degree murder and terrorism charges after police say he opened fire at Oxford HighWith the “intent for death.” CrumbleyA sophomore student, pleaded guilty but was not released on bond Wednesday. HeIf convicted, could face a life sentence
Assistant Prosecutor Marc KeastSurveillance video from the shooting was shown, said the spokesperson. CrumbleyWalking down a hall “methodically and intentionally” and firing at students.
“What’s depicted on that video, honestly, judge, I don’t have the words to describe how horrific that was,” KeastIn court.
Here’sWhat we know.
Police: Suspect talked about killing students in cellphone video
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tim Willis said during the arraignment that videos were recovered from the suspect’s cellphone, including “a video made by him the night before the incident wherein he talked about shooting and killing students the next day at Oxford High School.”
Willis said authorities also found the suspect’s journal “detailing his desire to shoot up a school to include murdering students.”
A review of Crumbley’s social media accounts and other documents show he planned the shooting and “brought the handgun that day with the intent to murder as many students as he could,” Keast said.
Oakland County Prosecutor KarenMcDonald’s spoke at a press conference and said that there is “a mountain of digital evidence,” videotape, and social media, and that she was “confident that there was premeditation” to commit the crimes “well prior to the incident.”
DuringThe hearing CrumbleySitting quietly on one side, I was masked and wore dark green prison attire. Over about 90 minutes, he stated his name and answered the judge’s questions briefly.
TheSchool personnel flagged the 15-year-old suspect twice for “concerning behavior” just before the attack. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. TheFirst time it happened on the day preceding the shooting and second hour prior to the attack.
BouchardAccording to reports, the suspect’s parents arrived at the school at 10 a.m. for a meeting. This was about three hours before the shooting.
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WhoThe victims of the Oxford school shooting?
AuthoritiesThe victims were identified as Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin?, 17 Hana St. Juliana?, 14 and Justin Shilling, 17.
MyreHis legacy is that of a great football player who was recruited to college as well as an honors student.
Baldwin was an aspiring artist and a “smart, sweet loving girl,” her grandmother wrote on a GoFundMe.
St. Juliana “was one of the happiest and most joyful kids,” her father told McDonald. She was on the basketball and volleyball teams and loved learning how to cook, said Jennifer CurtisThe woman who lived in her neighbourhood was named.
ShillingServed on the bowling and golf teams. HeIt was “simply a joy to be around” Anita’s Kitchen?, Middle EasternRestaurant where he worked, posted Facebook.
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WhyIs the shooter being charged with terrorism
The suspect was charged with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
McDonald said the terrorism charge is in relation to the horrors inflicted upon the rest of the school’s community who weren’t direct victims but still faced trauma.
“WhatHow many children ran screaming from desks, hiding behind desks? WhatWhat about the many children at home who are unable to eat, sleep or can’t even imagine a world in which they could return to school? McDonald’s stated it.
McDonald’s acknowledged that it was not a common, typical charge.
Michigan’s2002 Anti-terrorism Law defines terrorism as a violent crime “dangerous for human life” and “that is designed to intimidate or coerce civilian populations or influence or affect government conduct or a unit government through intimidation, coercion.”
Matthew Schneider, a former federal prosecutor and the state’s former chief deputy attorney general, told the Associated Press the law was enacted months after the Sept. 11 terror attacks and typically has been applied to people making terroristic threats. ButHe stated that it didn’t make the shooting inappropriate in this instance and that it “fits the language” of the statute.
“ThisThis is why we have this law. It’s for this type of case. This is not just a murder case,” he said. “It’s going to terrorize a generation of these kids who were in the school. TheImpact is felt by thousands.”
Shooter’sParents could face criminal charges for gun possession
McDonald indicated more charges could be coming soon for others, specifically saying they were reviewing charges against the suspect’s parents.
“WeKnow that gun ownership means locking and securing your firearm properly.
“We have to hold individuals accountable who don’t do that.”
Bouchard said the suspect’s father had purchased the 9mm Sig SauerThe shooting of the SP 2022 gun took place four days prior.
Contributing: Phoebe Wall Howard, John Wisely, Clara Hendrickson, Jennifer Dixon, Georgea Kovanis Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press