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Oxford High School shooting suspect identified, facing 4 murder charges

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Students grabbed scissors for self-defense and escaped out a window during Michigan high school shooting that killed 3 and injured 8

Students at a Michigan high school described terrifying scenes of barricading doors with desks and escaping out of windows during a shooting that left three dead and eight others injured.

Oxford High School shooting suspect charged as an adult

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - Prosecutors have identified the 15-year-old Oxford High School sophomore accused of opening fire Tuesday and killing four of his classmates.

The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office announced four adult murder charges against Ethan Crumbley on Wednesday, just over 24 hours after Michigan's worst school shooting in history.

The charges filed against Crumbley include:

  • Four counts of first-degree murder. 
  • Seven counts of assault with intent to murder.
  • 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
  • One count of terrorism causing death.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the murder, attempted murder or terrorism charges.

The Oakland County Prosecutor announced that he will be arraigned later Wednesday afternoon. She is confident that authorities can prove that this was a premeditated crime. 

Two videos have been recovered from Crumbley's cell phone where he spoke about shooting and killing the next day. 

Prosecutors are considering charges against Crumbley's parents. Investigators say his father purchased the 9mm handgun used in Tuesday's shooting only four days earlier on Friday.

Police have said that Crumbley and his parents have retained legal counsel and have not cooperated with investigators.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Crumbley's parents were summoned to the high school before the shootings on Tuesday. He didn't provide details of what behavior administrators were concerned about, according to the Associated Press.

The students who died are:

  • 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana.
  • 16-year-old Tate Myre, who died in the back of an Oakland County Sheriff's Office patrol car rushing him to an area hospital.
  • 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin.
  • 17-year-old Justin Schilling.

Seven other people injured in the shooting included seven students and one teacher. The sheriff's office has not released their names, but identified them as:

  • A 14-year-old girl in critical condition with gunshot wounds to her chest and neck. She was transferred on a ventilator to Hurley Medical Center in Flint after undergoing surgery.
  • A 17-year-old girl in critical condition at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital in Pontiac with a gunshot wound to her chest.
  • A 14-year-old boy in serious condition at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac with gunshot wounds to his jaw and hand.
  • A 17-year-old girl in stable condition at McLaren Oakland Hospital with a gunshot wound to her neck.
  • A 15-year-old boy in stable condition at McLaren Oakland Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left leg.
  • A 17-year-old boy in stable condition at Ascension Providence Hospital in Rochester with a gunshot wound to his hip.
  • A 47-year-old woman treated and released from McLaren Lapeer Region hospital with a gunshot wound to her shoulder.

The shooting was reported around 12:50 p.m. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the 911 dispatch center received about 100 calls from the school, which has enrollment of 1,800 students.

The first police officers were dispatched at 12:52 p.m. and Bouchard said they had arrested the alleged shooter within two to three minutes after receiving the call.

Crumbley allegedly had seven bullets left in the handgun when he was apprehended in the school. Bouchard believes his deputies saved seven lives by making the arrest before Crumbley was able to fire those rounds.

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