The 15-year-old Michigan student charged in the Oxford High School attack that killed four students and injured seven other people on Tuesday likely had the handgun in his backpack during a meeting with teachers and parents just hours before using it in the shooting spree.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald told CNN on Thursday that there was a “very strong possibility” the suspected student was already carrying the weapon during a meeting with his parents and school officials earlier in the day before the shooting.
“I think that it’s already been public that he did have the weapon. During COVID, they don’t use lockers, so they just have backpacks,” McDonald said.
“And unfortunately, he was allowed to get back to class. And we now know he had a weapon with him at that time. And that is simply tragic,” she added.
Oxford Community Schools superintendent Tim Throne also addressed the shooting during a video to the community on Thursday.
“I want you to know that there has been a lot of talk about the student who was apprehended,” Throne said.
“That he was called up to the office, and all that kind of stuff. No discipline was warranted. There are no discipline records at the high school,” he added.
Throne did confirm that the student had “contact” with the front office and that the student’s parents were on campus on Tuesday morning before the shooting.
“Yes, this student did have contact with our front office, and yes, his parents were on campus November 30th,” he said.
“This is as much information as we can give you now,” he added.
Three students were reported dead on Tuesday. A fourth victim died on Wednesday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Justin Shilling, 17, passed away at approximately 10:00 a.m. local time at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac just one day after the shooting tragedy that took the lives of three students.
Heartbreaking. Here are the three students who were shot and killed yesterday at Oxford High School.
• Tate Myre, 16
• Hanna St. Julian, 14
— Dana Whyte (@dwhytereports) December 1, 2021
The three students who died on the day of the incident included Tate Myre, a 16-year-old football player, who died in a sheriff’s deputy’s car while traveling to the hospital; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.
It is with great grief that one of the victims of the tragic event at OHS today was one of our own, Tate Myre. Tate was on varsity since his freshman year and was an honor student. Tate was a great young man with a bright future and beloved by all. You will be missed, Tate 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/AKJCH1UWBG
— Oxford Football (@OxfordFootbalI) December 1, 2021
Six additional people remain wounded, including one unnamed 47-year-old teacher grazed by a bullet.
Other students noted in the press conference and reported by a local FOX 2 affiliate included:
- A 14-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head and jaw is in serious condition.
- A 17-year-old girl was listed as stable after being shot in the neck.
- A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is stable.
- A 14-year-old girl with chest and neck wounds is currently on a ventilator after surgery, according to the sheriff.
- A 17-year-old girl was shot in the chest and is in critical condition.
The suspect is currently being held at a local juvenile detention facility and has declined to speak to law enforcement regarding motives.
The student has been charged with counts of murder and terrorism. The student’s parents also face four charges of involuntary manslaughter.