The Michigan state attorney announced on Wednesday that 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley was the perpetrator of the shooting at Oxford Township High School. The Reuters Agency said the number of victims of the attack had risen to four.
A 17-year-old student, wounded Tuesday in a shootout at Oxford Township High School, died in hospital Wednesday. The total number of deaths in the 15-year-old perpetrator is four students aged 14 to 17.
The motive for his act is unknown, but after the attack, authorities became aware of posts on social media reporting the threat of a shooting at a school of approximately 1,700 students. “After reviewing the evidence, I’m absolutely sure it was a planned operation,” said Michigan State Attorney Karen McDonald.
The perpetrator, identified as Ethan Crumbley, fired 15-20 shots with a semi-automatic weapon, killing three students on the spot and injuring eight people, including a teacher.
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He was detained a few minutes later on the school grounds. He was carrying a 9mm Sig Sauer semi-automatic pistol that his father had bought on Friday. He fired a total of 30 bullets.
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Ethan Crumbley has been charged with fatal terrorism by the Michigan state attorney, with four counts of first degree manslaughter and seven counts of intent to murder. He will be tried as an adult.
“There may be additional charges soon,” said McDonald’s attorney. She informed that she was considering bringing charges against the perpetrator’s parents as well.
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