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3 dead, 8 hurt in Michigan high school shooting; 15-year-old in custody

Jennifer Chambers, James David Dickson and Mike Martindale, The Detroit News on

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OXFORD, Mich. — Three students were killed Tuesday and eight other people were wounded in an afternoon shooting at Oxford High School, law enforcement officials said.

The shooter, an unidentified 15-year-old sophomore, is in custody, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe added during a news conference. The teen is not injured.

"Deputies confronted him, he had the weapon on him and deputies took him into custody," McCabe said, adding the weapon was a semi-automatic handgun. "The whole thing lasted five minutes."

Officials didn't identify the victims, but the undersheriff said a teacher is among those wounded.

About 15 to 20 shots were fired and about 100 calls were placed to 911, McCabe said. The shooter, he said, appears to have acted alone.

"There were no other guns, no other shooters," McCabe added. "As far as we know."


The undersheriff said the suspect was arrested by a deputy detailed to the site and one who arrived on the scene. As for how the suspect got the gun inside, McCabe said: "We know, but I'm not going to say that right now."

The suspect has "already invoked his right to not speak; he wants an attorney," McCabe said.

The White House said that in advance of his tour Tuesday at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota, President Joe Biden was told of the school shooting in Oxford by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

“As we learn the full details, my heart goes out to the families and during the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” Biden said at the beginning of his remarks. “You got to know that that whole community has to be just in a state of shock right now.”


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