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The shooter fired “methodically and deliberately” at the students. Chronology of a school shooting tragedy




“My teacher, he came into the classroom; he locked the door and told us to call 911. And then we heard the rest of the shots, more screams,” Cumbey told CNN.

Authorities say at least 30 shots were fired, killing four students and injuring six other teenagers along with a teacher before the alleged shooter, an Oxford High School student, was arrested by police with ammunition. still in his pistol.

The four students who died were Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana Santa Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17, authorities said.

Although the gunfire lasted only a few minutes, authorities said there was substantial evidence that it was a premeditated attack by the accused shooter, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley.

“A preliminary review of the defendant’s social media accounts, his mobile phone, as well as other documented evidence recovered at the scene showed that the defendant planned this shooting, deliberately carrying the weapon that day with the intent on killing as many students as he could. “Prosecutor Marc Keast said during Crumbley’s appearance on Wednesday.

The high school sophomore faces a number of adult charges, including first-degree murder, terrorism and other charges. In court on Wednesday, his lawyer, Scott Kozak, asked him to plead not guilty during the indictment, saying “my client is dumb.”

Her parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, they were each charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter for his alleged role in the deadly shooting. After failing to appear, they were arrested in Detroit.

The weekend before the shooting

James Crumbley bought the weapons that authorities believe were used in the Nov. 26 shooting at an Oxford store with his son, according to Karen McDonald, the Oakland County prosecutor leading the case.

Around the same day, the alleged shooter posted a photo of a gun on an Instagram account titled, “I just got my new beauty today. SIG SAUER 9mm” with a heart-eyed emoji, McDonald said at a news conference Friday.

Jennifer Crumbley also posted about the gun on social media over the weekend, saying, “Mother’s and son’s day trying out her new Christmas present,” McDonald said.

And over the weekend, Jennifer Crumbley took her son to a shooting range, a police source told CNN.

Disturbing red flags before the shooting

When classes resumed after the long Thanksgiving vacation, a teacher noticed that Ethan Crumbley was looking for ammunition on the net, McDonald said. The teacher alerted school officials, who contacted parents by phone and email, but did not respond.

On Monday, Jennifer Crumbley texted her, “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” McDonald said.

In two videos on Crumbley’s phone that were recorded that night, he talked about shooting and killing high school students, said Lt. Tim Willis of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Another piece of evidence is a newspaper found in Crumbley’s backpack detailing his “desire to shoot at school to include murdered students,” Willis said at the appearance.

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On Tuesday morning, another teacher found a drawing on the desk of the accused shooter that essentially represented a shooting, McDonald said. “It alarmed her to the point that she took a picture of her with her cell phone,” the prosecutor said.

The illustration showed a “semi-automatic pistol pointing to the words” thoughts will not stop helping me “” and included a drawing of a bullet with the words “blood everywhere” written on it, he said. The words “my life is useless” and “the world is dead” were also written on the drawing.

“Between the drawing of the gun and the bullet is a drawing of a person who appears to have been shot and bleeding. Below this figure is a drawing of a laughing emoji,” McDonald said.

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The distressing image led school officials to hold a meeting with the accused shooter and his parents, who were asked to help offer advice to their son within 48 hours. During that meeting, Ethan Crumbley had the gun in his backpack, which was not searched, McDonald said.

Parents resisted the idea of ​​taking their child out of school, McDonald said, and he was allowed to return to the classroom.

“That morning, looking at that drawing, it’s impossible not to conclude that there was a reason to believe it was going to hurt someone,” he said.

The district school superintendent said Thursday that there was no need for discipline against Crumbley after that meeting.

“He was, you know, called to the office and all that kind of stuff,” Tim Throne said in a video statement. “No discipline was justified. There are no records of discipline in the institute.”

Oxford High School in Michigan on December 1, 2021, one day after the shooting.

Video footage shows how the shootings began, prosecutors say

After Ethan Crumbley was able to return to class, video footage from the school’s cameras shows what happened next, according to authorities.

Shortly before 12:51 p.m., Crumbley could be seen with a backpack, then a minute or two later he came out of the bathroom without his backpack but with a gun in his hand, prosecutor Keast told the hearing Wednesday .

Then, allegedly, Crumbley began walking “methodically and deliberately” down the aisles and pointing a gun at the students and firing the gun, Keast said. When students began to flee, the defendant allegedly continued down the hallway at a “methodical pace” and shot inside classrooms and students who had not fled, he said.

“What is shown in this video, honestly, judge, I don’t have the words to describe how horrible it was,” he said.

This went on for another four or five minutes and she went to another bathroom, Keast said. When the deputies arrived, he dropped his weapon and surrendered.

The brother of the victim of a shooting at Oxford School:

Aiden Page, a senior at Oxford High School, described a terrifying scene in his classroom.

“We heard two gunshots. And after that, my teacher ran into the classroom, locked it, barricaded it, and then we covered the windows and hid,” she said. CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“We grabbed calculators, grabbed scissors in case the shooter came in and we had to attack them,” he said, describing how the shooter was so close that a bullet pierced one of the desks he and other students used to block the door. .

Cumbey, the young man who heard the initial shots, told CNN that the shooter was so close to his classroom that when he spoke to the 911 operator, he could only whisper “high school shooter Oxford “to avoid being overheard.

Dozens of other terrified students were also calling 911. The call center received more than 100 calls as police rushed to the school at 12:52 p.m. local time, the Oakland County Sheriff said. Michael Bouchard.

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The alleged shooter was arrested two to three minutes after officers arrived, Bouchard said.

“I think they literally saved lives, after shooting down the suspect with a loaded gun still loaded on the building,” the sheriff said.

At around 1.15pm, news of a high school shooting broke out.

At 1:22 p.m., Jennifer Crumbley sent a text message to her son, “Ethan don’t do it,” according to prosecutors.

And at 1:37 p.m., prosecutors say, James Crumbley called 911 to report that a gun was missing from his home and that he believed his son might be the shooter.

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz, Caroll Alvarado, Mark Morales, Kristina Sgueglia, Carolyn Sung, Elizabeth Joseph, Melanie Schuman, Theresa Waldrop, Adrienne Broaddus, Taylor Romine, Sahar Akbarzai, Sonia Moghe, Amir Vera, Jason Hanna, Laura Dolan, Steve Almasy, Jay Croft, Chris Boyette, Artemis Moshtaghian and Leon Jobe contributed to this report.