At a press conference, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said he didn’t know what the attacker’s motivations were for the attack at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a population of around 22,000 people in Southeast Michigan.
A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three classmates and injuring six others, including a teacher.
Officers responded to a deluge of 911 calls regarding an active shooter at the school at 12:55 p.m., according to McCabe. The guy was apprehended at the school, where authorities discovered a semi-automatic weapon and multiple magazines.
Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the suspect or victims. About 1,700 students attend the school.
“Deputies confronted him, he had the weapon on him, they took him into custody,” McCabe said, adding that suspect wasn’t hurt when he was taken into custody and he refused to say how he got the gun into the school.
Tim Throne, the superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, said he didn’t know yet know the victims’ names or whether their families had been contacted.
“I’m shocked. It’s devastating,” the shaken superintendent told reporters.
The school was placed on lockdown after the attack, with some children sheltering in locked classrooms while officers searched the premises. They were later taken to a nearby Meijer grocery store to be picked up by their parents.
Isabel Flores told WJBK-TV that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student bleeding from the face. They then ran from the area through the rear of the school, said Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grader.
McCabe said investigators would be looking through social media posts for any evidence of a possible motive. Robin Redding said her son, Treshan Bryant, is a 12th grader at the school but stayed home on Tuesday. She said he had heard threats of a shooting at the school.
“This couldn’t be just random,” she said. Redding didn’t provide specifics about what her son had heard, but she expressed concern with school safety in general.
“Kids just, like they’re just mad at each other at this school,” she said. Bryant said he texted several younger cousins in the morning and they said they didn’t want to go to school, and he got a bad feeling. He asked his mom if he could do his assignments online.
Bryant said he had heard vague threats “for a long time now” about plans for a shooting at the school.