Threats of shooting were said to have circulated on a Michigan high school campus before the murderous rampage of a suspicious 15-year-old student.
Three people were killed and six others injured when gunfire erupted at Oxford High School in Oxford Township just before 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
Authorities identified the gunman as a second year student at the school who was arrested at the scene.
As panicked parents rushed to locate their children in the chaos, a mother claimed her son heard threats of shooting before it happened.
Robin Redding told The Associated Press that her son Treshan Bryant, a grade 12 student in the school, chose to stay home on Tuesday because he and his younger cousins had a “bad feeling” that violence could to arrive.
Mr Bryant told the outlet he had heard vague threats of shooting plans “for a long time.”
“You’re not supposed to play about it,” he said. “This is real life.”
While investigators have yet to determine the motive for the shooting, Ms Redding said: “It cannot be just random.”
Ms Redding did not provide details of what her son heard, but shared her general concern about school safety.
“The kids, like they’re just mad at each other in this school,” she said.
The three victims killed are said to be students. The injured victims include five students and a teacher, Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Mike McCabe said during a media briefing. None of the victims have been named.
Mr McCabe said the first emergency call was received at 12:51 p.m. and the suspect was in custody five minutes later. He added that more than 100 911 calls have been made regarding the shooting.
The shooter, who has not been publicly named, is said to have fired more than 15 shots in a section of the school where most history lessons are held.
He was taken into custody without incident, Mr McCabe said.
Nearly 60 ambulances responded to the scene, according to a firefighter official.
Parents were told to avoid campus and meet students leaving school in the parking lot of a nearby store.
A student named Jacob told WXYZ his teacher was making calls to try to find out if the lockdown was an exercise.
“A few moments later he said to me ‘okay guys, this is not an exercise’. After hearing that, … I still think ‘okay, this is probably a suspicious person walking around. on campus, they will have them in a minute and it will be over, ”he said.
He added that he had started to see in various group chats with his friends that people were being shot. “At this point, I have no idea what’s going on,” he said. “We don’t know if there is a gunman outside our door.”
“Our only connection to the outside world is these group discussions. You know, and I hear people say that people have been shot, people are injured, people are running out of school, ”Jacob added.
He said he saw images of “bullet holes in the windows” on social media.
He said that while they were texting their parents, a policeman with a gun knocked on their classroom door, telling them to come out.
“It was just amazing.”
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