OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding six other people, including a teacher, authorities said.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that he didn’t know what the assailant’s motives were for the attack at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles north of Detroit.
Officers responded at around 12:55 p.m. to a flood of 911 calls about an active shooter at the school, McCabe said. Authorities arrested the suspect at the school and recovered a semi-automatic handgun and several clips.
“Deputies confronted him, he had the weapon on him, they took him into custody,” McCabe said, adding that the suspect wasn’t hurt when he was taken into custody and refused to say how he got the gun into the school.
First response vehicles are seen in the parking lot of Oxford High School in Michigan.
Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the suspect or victims.
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.
McCabe said investigators would be looking through social media posts for any evidence of a possible motive.
Robin Redding, the parent of a 12th-grader, told The Associated Press that there had been rumblings of trouble at the school.
“He was not in school today. He just said that ‘Ma I don’t feel comfortable. None of the kids that we go to school with are going today,'” Redding said.
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A parent hugs a child as others come to pick up students from the Meijer store in Oxford, Mich., after a 15-year-old opened fire at Oxford High School on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding six other people, including a teacher. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP)
A parent hugs a child as others come to pick up students from the Meijer store in Oxford, Mich. Police took a suspected shooter into custody, and there were multiple victims, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP)
Parents walk away with their kids from the Meijer's parking lot, where many students gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Oxford, Mich. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press via AP)
Dozens of police, fire and EMS personnel work on the scene of a shooting at Oxford High School, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Oxford Township, Mich. (Todd McInturf/The Detroit News via AP)
Oxford High School is shown in Oxford, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, where authorities say a student opened fire at the school. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Authorities could be seen wheeling victims into ambulances parked near the school in Michigan.
Parents walk away with their kids from the Meijer's parking lot where many students gathered following Tuesday's shooting at Oxford High School. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press via AP)
Parents walk away with their kids from the Meijer's parking lot in Oxford, Mich., where many students gathered following an active shooter situation at Oxford High School. (Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press via AP)