Oxford High School officials had contact with the suspect and his parents the day before and the morning of the fatal shooting on Tuesday at the suburban Detroit school, according to authorities.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said "concerning" behavior was at issue, but authorities have not disclosed what exactly was discussed in the meetings. The sheriff spoke to reporters on Wednesday after the 15-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of four Michigan high school students and injuring of seven others was identified as Ethan Crumbley and charged as an adult.
“We received no information about this individual prior to the shooting,” Bouchard said. “We also were told that the school had some information or some contact with the individual. We had no information from the schools, but we have since learned that the schools did have contact with the student the day before and the day of the shooting for behavior in the classroom that they felt was concerning."
This is the booking photo of 15-year old Ethan Crumbley. He’s being charged as an adult for the mass shooting at Oxford High on Tuesday. @clickondetroit @Local4News #OxfordHigh pic.twitter.com/CJtznPVDPA— Larry Spruill Jr (@LarryWDIVLocal4) December 2, 2021
He added: “In fact, the parents were brought in the morning of the shooting and had a face-to-face meeting with the school. The content of that meeting, obviously, is part of the investigation, but we did not learn of that meeting, nor of the content of that meeting, until after the shooting and during this investigation.”
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Bouchard said the meeting took place at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, a little less than three hours before authorities say Crumbley walked out of a restroom and began shooting with a handgun.
Crumbley was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with the intent to kill, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The suspect appeared at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon via video, and his parents, who observed, identified themselves as Jennifer and James Crumbley. The suspect's lawyer pleaded not guilty on his behalf, according to the New York Times.
Shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley is now appearing via video from Oakland County Children’s Village, a juvenile center. He appears to sit at a desk, with face mask. “Yes, I do,” he says when Judge Carniak asks him if he understands the charges against him. pic.twitter.com/FJ7kHtJrtl— Niraj Warikoo (@nwarikoo) December 1, 2021
The four students who died have been identified as Hanna St. Julian, 14, Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald did not reveal a motive but said there is evidence the shooting was premeditated.
“There is a mountain of digital evidence. Videotape, social media — all digital evidence possible,” McDonald said.
The shooting on Tuesday lasted approximately five minutes, according to Bouchard, and 30 rounds were fired, hitting 11 people. Crumbley had 18 rounds remaining.
Bouchard said three people were released from the hospital, while four remain. One is in critical condition, another is in serious condition, and two are in stable condition.
Authorities said the gun was a 9 mm Sig Sauer, a semi-automatic handgun purchased by Crumbley's father on Friday. McDonald said the office will consider filing charges against Crumbley's parents, but a decision has not been made.
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Authorities told a judge during the video arraignment that investigators recovered two videos from the suspect's cellphone in which he talks about shooting and killing students the night before the attack, and a journal was found in his backpack discussing his desire to shoot up the school.
Crumbley is facing a sentence of up to life in prison if convicted due to being tried as an adult.