Three people were killed on Tuesday when a student opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun at a high school in Oakland County, Michigan, north of Detroit, authorities said they arrested a student from 15 years old. .
The dead are all believed to be students, Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Michael McCabe said at a press conference.
Authorities received the first of 100 911 calls regarding the shooting at 12:51 p.m., Deputy Sheriff McCabe said. He said the shooter was a second year student at the school, “dropped out without any problem” and was taken into custody within five minutes.
In addition to the three students killed, six others were injured, including a teacher, he said. The condition of the injured was not immediately known, but some were taken to local hospitals, authorities said.
The shooter, whose name was not immediately released, fired 15 to 20 shots with a semi-automatic handgun, authorities said.
Deputy Sheriff McCabe said one of the MPs who helped stop the gunman was assigned to patrol the school full-time.
The shooter “invoked his right not to speak” and asked for a lawyer, Deputy Sheriff McCabe said. Authorities said they didn’t think he planned the shooting with anyone else. They said they were still investigating whether this was a random or targeted shooting.
“It is a very tragic situation,” said Deputy Sheriff McCabe.
He added that “the school did everything right”.
“Everyone stayed in place,” he said. “They barricaded themselves.
Tim Throne, the superintendent of Oxford community schools, told the press conference he was “shocked” by the shooting.
“It’s devastating,” said Mr. Throne.
After evacuating the school, authorities said they were conducting a second and third search of the school, looking for other victims.
Images from local television media coverage showed a heavy police presence, including sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State soldiers, outside the school, located about 40 miles north of Detroit.
Long-gunned sheriff’s deputies patrolled the school grounds and rescuers arrived in two helicopters. Rescuers brought a stretcher into the building as at least half a dozen ambulances waited in the parking lot.
“This afternoon there was an active shooter at Oxford High School,” Oxford Community Schools said in a statement, according to WDIV-TV, a local station. “The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department secured the scene.”
Students and staff were “systematically evacuated” to a nearby Meijer store, where they could be picked up, the school district said.
Bobby Maldonado, spokesperson for St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, said the hospital was treating a shooting victim. “Beyond that, I cannot provide descriptors out of respect for the family,” he said.
Maria cramer and Christine chung contributed report.