Police said three students were shot dead and eight others injured in an incident at a high school in North Detroit.
U.S. officials say a student was shot dead at a high school in northern Detroit, Michigan, killing three students and injuring eight others, including a teacher.
Oakland County sub-sheriff Michael McCabe told reporters that three students were killed Tuesday night at an institute in Oxford, a small suburban community 48 miles (30 miles) from Detroit.
The suspect, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, was arrested five minutes after the initial 911 call, McCabe said.
Agents recovered a semi-automatic pistol from the suspect, which “gave up without any problems,” McCabe added.
“The suspect fired several shots. Han [are] several victims. It is unfortunate that I have to report that we have three dead victims right now, all of whom believe they are students, ”he said.
McCabe later identified the teenagers who were killed as 16-year-old male students, and as two 14- and 17-year-old female students.
He said the suspect is maintaining his right to remain silent and is not answering questions from authorities. The 15-year-old is in a juvenile facility, but could be charged as an adult, according to a local prosecutor’s decision, McCabe added.
Law enforcement agents responded to an emergency call at around 12:55 local time (05:55 GMT) and blocked the school while looking for the suspect and other possible threats, according to a note from the sheriff’s office.
After clearing the area, a grocery store in Meijer on the street was turned into a meeting place for parents to meet their children, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Increased gun violence
In April, President Joe Biden’s massive shootings “”national embarrassment”Among the many incidents across the nation, he vows to work against gun violence.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who spoke to reporters near Oxford High School on Tuesday, said it was “too early” to talk about specific policies that need to be changed to tackle school shooting.
“This is the only American problem we need to address,” Whitmer said. “But right now, I think in the community, in the families, we need to pay attention to everyone who gives the first answer.”
In a previous statement, he called the shooting “horrific” and called for action against gun violence, saying it was a “public health crisis”.
“Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day,” Whitmer said. “We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is the time to come together and help our children feel safe in school. ”
This is heartfelt. Schools are a place where students need to be safe.
Today I am thinking of families and friends who have lost relatives in Oxford, and the whole community is struggling with this sad news. They thanked the law enforcement and the authorities for their prompt response. https://t.co/k1OMtEhyVO
– Senator Gary Peters (@SenGaryPeters) November 30, 2021
U.S. Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who represents Oxford, said the shooting was a “dark” and “painful” day for Michigan.
“I send my deepest condolences to the families of the three students who lost their lives; they have received the worst news any parent can imagine,” Slotkin wrote. On Twitter.
“We must continue to pray and wait for the additional students and teachers who have been injured, and for the students who are shocked right now. They will have to somehow make sense for one of their members to do that.”
Biden also addressed the shooting in a speech in Minnesota on Tuesday.
“My heart goes out to relatives in grief over the loss of a loved one … You need to know that this whole community must be in a state of shock right now,” Biden said.