Three students were killed and eight others injured when a 15-year-old boy opened fire on Tuesday at Oxford High School.
A 16-year-old boy and two girls, ages 14 and 17, were killed.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said among the injured were a teacher and the rest were students. The mayor’s office said they were receiving treatment at three hospitals in the area. As of late Tuesday afternoon, six were in stable condition and two were undergoing surgery.
The mayor’s office said the alleged shooter, a sophomore at Oxford High School who resides in Oxford, is in custody and a handgun has been found.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike McCabe said the shooting lasted five minutes and the young suspect surrendered to deputy sheriffs after firing at least 15 shots. The authorities do not suspect the involvement of any other shootings.
The shooting took place at the south end of the school. McCabe said it wasn’t clear if it happened in a classroom or classrooms, or in the hallway.
McCabe declined to discuss any initial conversation authorities had with the teen suspect, and said he had requested a lawyer. McCabe said the teen met his parents at the sheriff’s police sub-station but was not allowed to speak with the authorities.
The teenager is being held in a children’s village in Oakland County. The county attorney will determine whether the defendant is an adult or a minor.
McCabe said several investigators will be interviewing students and combing through social media as they investigate what led to the accident.
“Anyone with information on the incident, if they know anything at all about this young man or what was going to happen or what happened today, can call us at 248-858-4911,” McCabe said.
Police and fire personnel from several agencies, EMS and SWAT units, and the mayor’s aviation unit responded to the scene, which unfolded around 12:50 p.m. More than 100 people called 9-1-1 to report the shooting.
The students were evacuated to the Meijer store in Oxford, just north of the city centre, which was closed to shoppers so that parents or other relatives could pick up the students. Parents advised not to go to school.
Oxford Community Schools Principal Tim Thrun is expected to announce on Tuesday evening when Oxford High School will reopen.
‘A horrific display of violence’
Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued this statement in response to the shooting:
“My heart goes out to the students, teachers, staff and families of Oxford High School. The killing of so many students and the shooting of so many others, including the teacher, is appalling. I want to thank the first responders on the ground who are working so hard to keep people safe while law enforcement officials investigate. in this shooting incident and they are getting the help the community 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, house of worship, or even their own home. Gun violence is a public health crisis that takes lives every day. We have the tools To reduce gun violence in Michigan This is the time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school.
“My heart goes out to the parents who took their children from them today and to the entire community of Oxford.”
Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter issued a statement:
“I am horrified by this tragic shooting at Oxford High School today. The entire Oakland County community is shocked by this horrific display of violence and our thoughts are with the Oxford families tonight. I am grateful for the rapid response from the Oakland County Police Department and all first responders. The Emergency Operations Center has been activated in County to provide whatever support and assistance first responders and families need in Oxford today and in the days ahead.”
Oxford High School is located at 745 N. Oxford Road, in the northern part of the county of Auckland. It has a student population of about 1,800. The school does not have a metal detector at its entrance.