A 15-year-old boy killed three fellow high school students and wounded eight other people after opening fire with a semi-automatic handgun at a Michigan high school, and was quickly arrested, police said.
One of those wounded was a teacher and the rest were students at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, about 40 miles (65 km) north of Detroit, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.
The motive of the shooter was unknown, officials said, those killed were 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl.
The suspect, a sophomore at the school, was believed to have acted alone and was arrested without resistance after firing 15 to 20 shots, McCabe said.
“The whole thing lasted five minutes,” McCabe explained. “The suspect divulged nothing to police and demanded his right to a lawyer on being advised not to speak by his parents, McCabe said.
My heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” President Joe Biden told reporters while touring a Minnesota technical college.
The latest in a long series of U.S. school shootings will likely fuel debates about gun control and mental health care, with many states allowing easy access to firearms while mental health disorders frequently go untreated.
“This is a uniquely American problem that we need to address,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who rushed to the scene.
One of the students Abbey Hodder said she was in chemistry class when she heard the sound of glass breaking. “My teacher kind of ran out and was scrambling,” Hodder, a 15years old said.
McCabe praised the school for its preparation for a shooting and an orderly evacuation. The shooting underscored how students must decide when to emerge from shelter once the gunfire stops.
Video posted on social media showed students huddled in a barricaded classroom while someone outside shouts through the door that it is safe to come out, identifying himself as being with the sheriff’s office.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald promised swift justice, saying in a statement: “It is our intent to review it (the investigation) thoroughly and issue appropriate charges quickly.
Suspects will remain in custody pending those charges pending when charges are confirmed.