Governor Calls for End to Gun Violence After Teen Allegedly Kills Three, Injures Six in School Shooting
A 15-year-old allegedly killed three people and injured another six Tuesday afternoon at a high school about 40 miles north of Detroit, Michigan.
The Oxford High School sophomore opened fire at the campus Tuesday with a semiautomatic handgun, according to Oakland County undersheriff Michael McCabe during a press conference. The three people killed are believed to be students and one of the injured victims is thought to be a teacher.
Police got the first active shooter call shortly before 1 p.m. ET — McCabe said dispatch received more than 100 911 calls about the incident.
According to McCabe, the male suspect did not resist arrest. He has not provided police with any information about his motive. “He wants an attorney. He’s not telling us anything at this time,” McCabe said.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statement following the tragic event, saying:
“My heart breaks for the students, teachers, staff, and families of Oxford High School. 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.”
“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.”
It is legal to possess a semiautomatic firearm in the state of Michigan, though it is not legal for anyone below the age of 18 to purchase a gun.