Boy, 15, charged with terrorism and murder over school shooting after fourth student dies

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder and terrorism over a school shooting in Michigan that has left at least four students dead. The teenager is accused of opening fire at his high school in

Boy, 15, charged with terrorism and murder over school shooting after fourth student dies

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder and terrorism over a school shooting in Michigan that has left at least four students dead.

The teenager is accused of opening fire at his high school in Oxford Township on Tuesday, in a rampage that saw eight others - including a teacher - injured.

Ethan Crumbley is charged as an adult with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of assault with intent to murder.

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Prosecutor Karen McDonald did not reveal any motive for the shooting in a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles north of Detroit.

She said prosecutors were "confident" they could demonstrate the crime was premeditated, adding: "There is a mountain of digital evidence. Videotape, social media, all digital evidence possible."

She said it was possible Crumbley could face more charges "very soon".

It came after the Oakland County Sheriff's Office identified the latest victim as teenager Justin Shilling.

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The 17-year-old died at around 10am this morning at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, the sheriff's office confirmed.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting at Oxford High School, located in a community of about 22,000 people, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

Mourners attend a vigil at LakePoint Community Church in Oxford, Mich, after three students are shot dead
Image: Mourners attended a vigil at LakePoint Community Church in Michigan after the shooting

"The person that's got the most insight and the motive is not talking," he said at a news conference.

He added that the student in custody had no previous run-ins with his department and he was not aware of any disciplinary history.

Deputies rushed to the school on Tuesday lunchtime as more than 100 calls flooded 911 dispatchers with reports of a shooter.

Footage captured by a student showed people huddled under desks during the attack.

The campus was placed on lockdown during the attack, with some children sheltering in locked classrooms.

They were later taken to a nearby grocery store to be picked up by their parents.

Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old, 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.

An Oakland County Sheriff...s deputy hugs family members of a student in the parking lot of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at Oxford High School, killing four students and wounding seven other people Tuesday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Image: Deputies rushed to the school after a number of 911 calls

The suspect was arrested in a hallway within minutes of deputies arriving. He put his hands in the air as they approached, Mr Bouchard said.

He added that the gun used in the attack was a semi-automatic 9mm Sig Sauer bought by the boy's father and was carrying seven more rounds of ammunition in it when he surrendered to police.

The student, who has not been named, had been posting pictures of the gun and practising shooting, the sheriff said.

Authorities were made aware of posts on social media that said there had been threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-student school, but Mr Bouchard said they didn't know about the rumours until after the attack.

He stressed how crucial it is for such information to be sent to authorities, while also cautioning against spreading social media rumours before a full investigation.

The other three students killed in the shooting have been named 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin.

Emerson Miller, right, leans on her friend Joselyn's shoulder as they listen to Jessi Holt, pastor at LakePoint Community Church, during a prayer vigil at the church after the Oxford High School school shooting, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Oxford, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
Image: Three other students were killed

Mr Myre died in a patrol car as a deputy tried to get him to an emergency room.

A teacher who received a graze wound to the shoulder was taken to hospital but has now left.

Seven more students ranging from 14 to 17 remained in hospital through the night with gunshot wounds, Mr Bouchard said.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the suspect's parents have advised their son not to talk to investigators and police are required to seek permission from a juvenile's parents or guardian to speak with them, he added.

In a statement, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said her office expects to issue charges quickly and that an update would be given on Wednesday.