.Michigan’s OXFORD TOWNSHIP – Shooting at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, a 15-year-old student killed three students and injured seven more before teachers barricaded classrooms and students sent panicked messages home.
When a sophomore at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a close-knit community about 35 miles north of Detroit, began firing a semiautomatic handgun around 1 p.m., the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said, the shooting quickly spread.
On Tuesday night, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press conference, “This wound will never go away.”
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Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, died in the incident. According to Bouchard, Myre died in a patrol car as it made its way to the hospital.
This wound was so severe that “there was no time to waste,” the deputy said.
A 15-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl, and a 14-year-old girl who is on a ventilator are three of the eight people who were shot.
“It’s going to be very difficult for this young girl,” Bouchard said. The sheriff’s office has confirmed that a 14-year-old boy is in critical condition.
Seven of those who were hurt were college students. Another teacher at the school, who is 47 years old, has been released from the hospital.
According to Bouchard, the suspect’s father purchased the 9mm pistol used in the shooting on Black Friday, Nov. 26. When the suspect was taken into custody, the weapon was armed with seven rounds of ammunition.
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At around 12:51 p.m. local time, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office received more than 100 calls reporting an active shooter. McCabe said the suspect was taken into custody within three minutes.
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A police officer assigned as a liaison to the school helped. According to McCabe, the suspect fired between 15 and 20 shots during the incident.
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when he was taken into custody there was no resistance from him,” McCabe said. It was over in five minutes.”
There was a chaotic scene at Oxford High School when an intercom announcement stated that an active shooter had taken place.
They said they weren’t sure if it was a drill at first.
Their panic and fear grew as soon as the realization dawned on them that it wasn’t. Schools were put on lockdown mode, with teachers locking and barricading doors and covering windows. Students scurried. People with cellphones discreetly texted their loved ones to let them know what was going on.
At the age of 15, Abbey Hodder was sitting in chemistry class when she noticed a crack in the glass.
There was “a scramble” in the classroom, according to the student who spoke up. ‘The next thing I knew, I saw him manning a deli counter'” We were all aware that barricades are standard procedure at school, so we rushed to put them up. As a result, “everyone began to push tables.”
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As part of their active shooter training, they then lined up along a wall and grabbed something to throw. Then her teacher told them to jump out a window and flee, she explained.
The 1,800-student Oxford High School does not have metal detectors, Bouchard said. A “tremendous amount” of video footage from the school will be available, he said.
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