A 15-year-old student was taken into custody Tuesday after authorities say he fatally shot three students and injured six other people, including a teacher, at a high school north of Detroit.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said they received reports of an active shooter around 12:51 p.m. local time at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a suburb about 40 miles north of Detroit.
The student, a sophomore, was taken into custody within minutes of the shooting, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. McCabe stated that the student fired 15-20 shots during his attack.
“He didn’t give us any resistance when he was taken into custody,” McCabe said. The whole affair lasted five minutes.
In the case of this attack, it was unclear what motive there might have been.
A semi-automatic handgun was found. McCabe stated that the suspect (whose identity was withheld) invoked his right not to be identified and refused to talk in detail to authorities.
“I’m shocked,” said Tim Throne, Oxford Community Schools Superintendent. “It’s devastating.”
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Some students were forced to hide in their classrooms after the school was put under lockdown. After police had secured the school, the suspect was taken into custody. According to the school district, parents were informed that the suspect could be picked up by them at a nearby facility.
Oxford Community Schools announced that other schools were in lockdown to protect their safety.
Officials were still sweeping the school Tuesday afternoon and a host of emergency vehicles were parked on the snow-covered lawn. Live streams from local TV news showed multiple medical helicopters landing at the school. A minimum of one person was transported to the school by a medical helicopter at 2:30 pm local time.
Contributing: Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press; Associated Press