Police have arrested the gunman who opened fire at Oxford High School on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people, authorities said.
A 15-year-old sophomore boy at the high school shot a total of nine people, including a teacher, within five minutes, police said. The dead were all believed to be students. The teen fired about 15-20 shots from a semiautomatic handgun, officials said. Police believe the shooter acted alone.
The shooter surrendered without firing at responding officers, authorities said. He wasn’t hurt. A possible motive wasn’t immediately known.
Rochester Hills Fire Chief John Lyman said 25 agencies, 60 units and two helicopters were sent to the school. Multiple patients to various hospitals in the area, he said.
Tim Throne, superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, told reporters Tuesday he was shocked.
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“It’s devastating,” Throne said.
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What We Know
The school was placed on lockdown, with some students sheltering in classrooms. They were ushered to the parking lot of a nearby store after police secured the school and took the shooter into custody.
Rochester Schools were also briefly placed on lockdown as an enhanced security measure. The school district has since reopened.
Multiple police and EMS units raced to the school, and a medical helicopter landed in the parking lot of the school shortly after 2 p.m.
Oxford High School serves grades 9-12. About 1,500 students are enrolled at the school, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Michigan Lawmakers React
“My heart breaks for the students, teachers, staff, and families of Oxford High School,” Gov. Whitmer said. “The death of multiple students and the shooting of many others, including a teacher, is horrific. I want to thank the first responders on the ground working hard to keep people safe as law enforcement officials investigate this shooting and get the community the help it needs right now.”
“As Michiganders, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect each other from gun violence,” she added. “No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day. We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is a time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school.”
“My heart goes out to students, staff and their families after the despicable shooting at Oxford High School,” Michigan Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township said. “I am praying for a quick recovery for those who have been wounded, and comfort for families and friends grieving lost loved ones. A tragedy like this shocks us all, and we need to support the people who endured this horrific trauma. Our community is unified in the face of this heinous act of violence, and we are especially grateful to our law enforcement officers and first responders for their efforts.”
“I have no words, other than to say, my heart is with the community of Oxford and Oxford HS this afternoon,” state Rep. Mari Manoogian tweeted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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