Three teenage students were shot and killed at a Michigan high school Tuesday. A fourth died of his injuries the next day. The youngest victim was just 14.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s office identified the victims of the rampage at Oxford High School as Tate Myre, 17, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Justin Shilling, 17, and Hana St. Juliana, 14. Myre died in a sheriff deputy’s vehicle as the officer attempted to rush him to the hospital. Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the teenager’s wounds were so grievous that there was no time to wait for an ambulance. Shilling died in the hospital Wednesday of a shot to the head.
“This wound will never go away,” Bouchard said in a press conference Tuesday night.
Six other students were wounded in the mass shooting, as was one 47-year-old teacher, and the death toll may rise. Two of the students’ gunshot wounds have left them in critical condition—a 14-year-old who is breathing via a ventilator following intensive surgery and a 15-year-old who was shot in the head.
The alleged shooter, identified as 15-year-old Oxford sophomore Ethan Crumbley, is in custody and refusing to speak to authorities, according to Bouchard. He has been charged with terrorism, first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, and possession of a firearm. Five minutes after the violence began, the suspect surrendered himself to a school deputy, and a semi-automatic handgun, a Sig Sauer 9 mm, was recovered along with two 15-round magazines, the sheriff said. The teenager’s father, who was called into the school the day of the shooting, had purchased the gun on Black Friday.
“Deputies took it from him as he was walking down the hall. That interrupted what could have led to several more victims,” Bouchard said.