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Suspect in Michigan school shooting faces first degree murder, terrorism charges

By Megan Hadley
Suspect in Michigan school shooting faces first degree murder, terrorism charges
Ethan Crumbley, 15, is pictured in his booking photo as released by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office on December 1, 2021. Photo via Oakland County Sheriff's Office/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old suspect in the Oxford High School shooting that left four children dead and seven others injured, is facing charges of first degree murder, terrorism and other gun related charges.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald identified Crumbley during a news conference Wednesday and said she is looking to charge him as an adult as well as considering charges against both parents.

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"The facts suggest this was not just an impulsive act," she said. "We will make our decision swiftly."

The Michigan high school gunman used a 9mm pistol purchased by his father days before, investigators said.

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Authorities added he was not cooperating with the investigation.

The Oxford High School students who died Tuesday were identified as 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 16-year-old Tate Myre and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said. On Wednesday, Justin Shilling, 17, also died.

The shooting occurred at the school in Oxford Township, about 35 miles northwest of Detroit, about 12:51 p.m. Tuesday.

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Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a news conference late Tuesday that the handgun used in the shooting was purchased by the suspect's father last week.

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Police had not determined how the teen got the gun or his motives for the mass shooting.

Bouchard said the shooter had at least two magazines and the gun still had seven more bullets when he was captured, Bouchard said.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe said about 15 to 20 shots were fired during the shooting.

Besides the four slain students, eight others, including a 47-year-old teacher, were wounded. The wounded students ranged in age from 14 to 17.

Bouchard said he was filled with "overwhelming sadness" from the shooting, but he was proud of his team that "saved lives."

"It is also evident from the scene that the lockdown protocols, training and equipment Oxford schools had in place saved lives as well. I will close this day with more prayers, as we will be back in a couple of hours," he said.

On Wednesday, the school's 1,800 students stayed home.

Education Week reports there have been 28 school shootings in 2021.

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