Three people were killed in a shooting at an American school on Tuesday, American media reported on the authority of the authorities. It would-be students of the school. A 15-year-old fellow student has been arrested as a suspect.
The shooting occurred in the afternoon at a high school of about 1,800 students in Oxford, Detroit, Michigan. Emergency services received more than 100 calls.
Three people died, all of whom were said to be students. Police say the suspects are a 14-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl. Eight other people, including a teacher, were taken to hospital with injuries. Two of them required surgery, and their condition is unclear. Six others, all with gunshot wounds, were stable.
The suspected shooter, a 15-year-old student, was arrested at 12:51 pm, five minutes after the first call. The suspect fired between 15 and 20 rounds with a semi-automatic handgun. The weapon was seized and, according to police, had been bought by the shooter’s father four days earlier. Before the shooting, the shooter is said to have posted photos of the gun on social media.
“Officers had the suspect in custody within five minutes,” Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Michael McCabe said at a news conference. The teen did not resist. “He didn’t cause any problems. He handed over the weapon. He did not have the weapon with him at the time.”
The motive of the suspected shooter is unknown. According to McCabe, the suspect invokes his right to remain silent. Police spoke briefly with his parents, who hired a lawyer and prohibited the boy from speaking with police. “He’s not telling us anything at the moment.” A search was carried out.
Police believe the suspect acted alone. The student, who lives in Oxford, is said to have been present at school that day.
U.S. President Joe Biden was informed of the shooting and said during a visit to a school in Minnesota: “My heart goes out to the families who endure the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one. That whole community must be in shock right now.”
According to statistics from the organization Everytown For Gun Safety, it was the 139th school shooting in the U.S. this year, of which 26 resulted in one or two deaths. Gun incidents at American schools in 2021 left 28 people dead and 80 injured before the shooting.