The shooter in the deadly shooting at Oxford High School has been identified as sophomore Ethan Crumbley, 15.
As The Blast previously reported, the shooting took place at around 12:15 local time on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Oxford High School, located forty miles north of Detroit, Michigan. Officials have revealed that they received over one hundred calls to 911 as students sheltered in place in classrooms.
Over a five-minute period, Crumbley used a 9mm Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun to shoot his fellow classmates and a teacher. Three students were declared dead as of Tuesday night: Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14. Eight more were injured.
Justin Shilling, 17, passed away from his injuries on Wednesday morning around 10 a.m. It was not revealed where he was shot.
Although the teacher, who suffered a graze wound to the shoulder, has been discharged, a 14-year-old girl is still fighting for her life on a ventilator after suffering injuries to her neck and chest. A 14-year-old boy is also in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his head and jaw.
How Did Crumbley Get The Gun?
Tate Myre, a junior football player at Oxford High School, was on varsity since his freshman year and an honor student.
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— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) December 1, 2021
According to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, the gun used in the shooting was purchased by Crumbley’s father on Black Friday, only a mere four days before it was used in the deadly attack.
Crumbley had posted photos of himself shooting targets and posted them on social media in the days prior to the shooting.
Although some classmates have claimed that Crumbley was bullied, authorities are still trying to discover a motive for the attack. According to officials, Crumbley surrendered to police without any resistance, although he has refused to answer any questions.
Undersheriff Mike McCabe said that Ethan’s parents, James Crumbley and Jennifer Crumbley, advised their son not to speak to authorities after his arrest. Police must get permission from a juvenile’s parents in order to speak with them.
More Guns Retrieved From Alleged Shooter’s Home
My heart is with the students of Oxford High School and the people of Michigan.
We have to create a country where our kids can attend school safely and without fear of deadly violence. It’s past time.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 1, 2021
According to Fox 2 Detroit, several long guns were also retrieved from the shooter’s house. Although his Instagram account has since been deleted, it appears that Crumbley posted something that looked like a countdown. His Instagram bio had been changed to read, “Now I become death – destroyer of worlds – see you tomorrow Oxford.”
According to authorities, the victim count could have been much higher. Crumbley reportedly had seven more rounds in the gun when he surrendered to police deputies.
“We believe he came out of a bathroom with a weapon in hand. Deputies took (the gun) from him he was walking down the hall,” Bouchard said. “That interrupted what could have led to several more victims. The way I see it is, there were seven more victims in that gun.”
The sheriff added that Crumbley did not have any criminal history on file with the police department, nor were they aware of any disciplinary issues at school.