OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding eight other people, including at least one teacher, authorities said.

Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit.

McCabe said he was aware of allegations circulating on social media that there had been threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school before Tuesday's attack, but he cautioned against believing that narrative until investigators can look into it.

He also downplayed the significance of an incident in early November when a deer head was thrown off the school roof, which he said was unrelated to the shooting. The vandalism prompted school administrators to post two letters to parents on the school’s website this month, saying they were responding to rumors of a threat against the school but had found none.

Authorities didn't immediately release the suspect's name, but McCabe said deputies arrested him within minutes of arriving at the school in response to a flood of 911 calls about the attack, which happened shortly before 1 p.m. He said the deputies also recovered the semi-automatic handgun and several magazines used to store ammunition that the suspect used in the attack.

“He fired multiple shots,” McCabe said. “Somewhere in the area of 15 to 20.”

The three students who were killed were a 16-year-old boy and two girls, ages 14 and 17, McCabe said. Two of the wounded were undergoing surgery as of 5 p.m. and the six others who were wounded were in stable condition, he said.

McCabe said the suspect's parents visited their son where he's being held and advised him not to talk to investigators, as is his right. Police must seek permission from a juvenile suspect's parents or guardian to speak with them, he added.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald issued a statement Tuesday evening saying her office expects to issue charges quickly and that an update would be given Wednesday.

McCabe said he wasn't aware of any prior run-ins the suspect had with law enforcement or if he had any disciplinary history at school.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also spoke at the news conference, saying, “I think this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” while choking up.

President Joe Biden, before delivering remarks at a community college in Rosemount, Minnesota, said: "As we learn the full details, my heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one."

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, a 15-year-old ninth grader, 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, she said.

McCabe said investigators would pore over the school's video footage and look through social media posts for any evidence of a possible motive.

A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said her son, Treshan Bryant, is a 12th grader at the school but stayed home Tuesday. She said he had heard threats that there could be a shooting.

“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.

“You’re not supposed to play about that,” he said of the threats. “This is real life.”

According to a Nov. 4 letter written by Principal Steve Wolf, someone threw a deer head into a courtyard from the school's roof, painted several windows on the roof with red acrylic paint and used the same paint on concrete near the school building.

Without specifically referencing that incident, a second post on Nov. 12 assured “there has been no threat to our building nor our students.”

“We are aware of the numerous rumors that have been circulating throughout our building this week. We understand that has created some concern for students and parents," the administrators wrote. “Please know that we have reviewed every concern shared with us and investigated all information provided. Some rumors have evolved from an incident last week, while others do not appear to have any connection. Student interpretations of social media posts and false information have exacerbated the overall concern.”

McCabe said the incident with the deer head was “absolutely unrelated” to Tuesday’s shooting.

“That was a different incident, different student,” he said.

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Associated Press writers Corey Williams in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Kathleen Foody in Chicago and Josh Boak in Rosemount, Minnesota, contributed to this report.

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phydeaux994

It’s amazing, when these school shootings started so many years ago, the MSM covered the story 24/7 for 3 days or more. As more school shootings happened over the years, the Cable Channels continued to do that. This shooting, it’s just another story on the daily news shows. Here in Frederick not so long ago, two brothers, 15 and 16, killed a man at the Frederick Fair with a brutal blindside attack. I don’t believe their intent was to kill him but they did. Over the following days, here on the FNP Opinion Forum and on subsequent stories as their case progressed through the Courts there were hundreds of comments stating how horrible an act it was and what the appropriate punishment for the boys should be. Now we have a 15 y.o. boy who brought a semi-automatic handgun to school with the intent to kill as many students as he could. He killed 4 students and wounded 6 more and a Teacher. There won’t be hundreds of comments about this shooting here on the FNP Opinion Forum from the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans)/BTT(BullyTagTeam) members who posted the hundreds of comments on the Fair killing nor will there be many comments from the Gun Gang concerning the ability of anyone of any age to get any gun for any purpose anonymously, whether it be an unsecured gun in their home or off the street. SILENCE just more evidence of the declining morality and division of large numbers of the American people.

gabrielshorn2013

Jeezus, get a grip on yourself, phy. Exactly what would you have any of us say? That a constantly bullied kid whose parents had been called into the school TWICE in the two days preceding the shooting would steal his dad's legally owned, but unsecured pistol and shoot his classmates? No $#!+ there Sherlock. "Jeremy spoke in class today" Listen to the lyrics. That was a tragic situation that should have been appropriately handled at the outset by the school administration, the police, and certainly his parents. The Dad was an idiot for not securing his firearm in a safe. Yes, " anyone of any age can illegallyget any gun for any purpose anonymously, whether it be an unsecured gun in their home or off the street So what's your viable solution, phy? You want 100% registration, and you know da*n well that it will never happen, especially if there is a fee involved. NY tried to have all "assault weapons" registered a few years back, and got 3% compliance. 3%! That's a fact. That's reality. You will never get 398 MILLION firearms registered in the US. You're like that ram in the "High Hopes" song by Sinatra. You just butting that dam. All you'll get is a headache. Again, what would you propose that will work.

phydeaux994

I don’t know gab, what did all those hundreds of comments about the brothers at the Fair say? I’m sure their killing was unintentional as opposed to this kid planning his killing spree. There seems to be a modicum of White Privilege exhibited when it comes to violent crime with you guys. If it wasn’t so pitifully obvious it would be comical. And your “pro-life” position on abortion as opposed to your “pro-death” position on gun violence is just as ludicrous. As far as National Gun Registration it won’t work because you and the NRA won’t let it work. It works in Hawaii and in many other Countries so it is a viable solution, just as Racial Equality Reform is viable if you and the White Supremacists didn’t block it. As you proudly describe yourself as a “Legal” firearm supporter I would think you would be for strict laws prohibiting “Illegal” firearm possession. And that means knowing the name and address of the persons responsible for the securing of every gun just like automobiles and dynamite and drugs and poison and every other dangerous product. Don’t you think that makes sense?

gabrielshorn2013

I don't recall what the hundreds of other comments said, phy. What did I say? I commented that the kid's punishment was not proportional to the offense. There is no doubt that the kid in Michigan is hopefully going away for a long time for what he did, as will his father. White privilage? From me? Boy you like to put people into boxes, whether it fits or not. Remember, I am of Creole heritage? I explained to you what that is, and that I am multiracial. If you don't remember, go look it up. "Pro-life"? me? I am now, and have always been pro-choice. "Pro-death"? Because I support the 2A? Yeah, whatever you say. You need to face reality and understand that you will NEVER get 398 Million firearms registered, no matter how much you huff and puff, or hold your breath, or call people names. As you have been repeatedly told, NY tried to register "assault weapons", and had a 3% compliance rate. So, what do you propose to get better compliance? Make it extra, super illegal? Again, the obsessive need to put people into boxes. As to your opinion of registration of firearms because those other goods are regulated, so what? There is no right to own any of those other products, while firearm ownership is a right guaranteed by the 2A the Constitution. Don't like it? Article V of the Constitution has your remedy. Get after it instead of whining about it here. BTW, how would your proposal for registration have prevented the Michigan situation? Face it phy, you're a bigot who likes to just stir the pot (you stated as much a few months back).

phydeaux994

What does your race/heritage have to do with it? Anybody of any race is a Racist if they believe their race is superior to another, or others. It’s just so revealing when the perpetrators are 15 and 16 black kids who brutally killed a man unintentionally and draw hundreds of comments from Frederick residents wishing them harsh sentences and then make not one comment about a 15 year old White kid who intentionally shot and killed four schoolmates and wounded five more and a Teacher. Not one comment recommending a harsh punishment for him. And now his parents have been charged with four counts each of involuntary manslaughter for buying him the gun as a Christmas present. Three hours before the shooting the boy and his parents were in a meeting with school officials about his behavior and he had the gun in his backpack!! And they insisted he stay in school, not returned home. Now it seems his parents are on the run. The boy was with his dad at the gun store picking out the one he wanted!!! As I said there seems to be different standards for Black and White murderers in FC.

gabrielshorn2013

You sir, are a bigot. Have a nice day.

MD1756

What the heck are you talking about? You think there currently is a registration for drugs and poison? Go to your local drug store or hardware store. There are plenty of drugs and poisons that are dangerous that are not registered. Or, are you proposing that all dangerous products be registered? If so would that include pencils as a thrust to the right spot in the neck could be very deadly. As far as strict laws prohibiting "illegal" firearm possession (and by that I assume your really mean illegal possession of a firearm), there are strict laws. However, enforcement may not be strict or those who think that the prisons are too crowded may reduce sentences for certain violations. As far as laws existing see: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/programs/ceasefire/brochures-and-talking-points/federal-firearms-laws Additionally there are certain firearms that require special license to own. BTW, I am for the execution of all people convicted of murder, no need to comment on every article where someone murders others. I am also for the parents being held responsible in this case since they bought the weapon for their son. This appears to be another example of where the world would have been better off if these specific parents didn't have children.

jth7100

Thoughts and prayers I guess? Price of freedom?

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