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Michigan school shooting - latest: Parents of accused student Ethan Crumbley arrested in Detroit

Watch live: Michigan prosecutor announces charges against Ethan Crumbley's parents in school shooting

Ethan Crumbley’s parents were arrested by the Detroit police on Saturday morning, officials said.

The arrest came after officers found a vehicle, believed to belong to the Crumbleys late on Friday, when they were searching for the couple. The vehicle was reported by the owner of the industrial building where the couple was located.

James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of the 15-year-old accused, had gone missing after being charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley on Friday, three days after their son Ethan allegedly killed four classmates and wounded seven others.

The parents were set to be arraigned at 4pm Friday but they did not show up. Lawyers for the parents denied reports that they were missing and said they were “returning to the area” for the arraignment.

Ms McDonald revealed new details about contact the school had with the parents before the shooting. On Monday, the parents were notified that a teacher found Mr Crumbley searching for ammunition. Jennifer allegedly texted him later: “LOL I’m not mad at you, you have to learn not to get caught.”

On Tuesday morning, the parents attended a meeting with Mr Crumbley and administrators after another teacher found a note on his desk with a drawing of a handgun that read: “The thoughts won’t stop, help me.”

The parents allegedly insisted Mr Crumbley return to class, and three hours later he carried out the massacre. When she heard reports of an active shooter, Jennifer Crumbley allegedly texted: “Ethan, don’t do it.”


Parents of high school shooting accused arrested

James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley who is accused in the Oxford High School shooting, have been arrested in Detroit early on Saturday after their SUV was found during the search, officials have said. 

The couple was found on the first floor of an industrial building on Bellevue Street, the spot where the car was seen around midnight on Friday.

Police say the owner of the building identified the black Kia SUV from the information shared by the police which led to their arreast. 

“The owner of the building arrived and saw the car in the back parking lot, knew it didn’t belong there, went to investigate," Undersheriff Mike McCabe told the Detroit Free Press on the finding of the car. 

The couple was arrested at about 1.45pm.

More details here:

The couple was arrested in a ‘residential building’ police say


SUV belonging to Crumbleys found as police continue manhunt

An SUV believed to be belonging to the parents of Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley has been spotted by the police in Detroit’s east side area.

James and Jennifer Crumbley have been missing since they were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Friday.

Officers identified the vehicle, a black Kia SUV with number DQG 5203, around 1am on Saturday when they were searching for the couple, deputy chief Rudy Harper of the Detroit Police Department told the Detroit Free Press. The vehicle was empty.

A search is underway in Detroit after a woman believed to be Jennifer Crumbley was seen walking away from the vehicle, according to journalist Brian Entin quoting an official with the Oakland county sheriff’s office.

The Crumbleys, who prosecutors say bought a gun for their minor son and were aware of his suspicious behaviour before the shooting, were scheduled to appear for their arraignment on Friday afternoon but never showed up.

While their attorney claims they haven’t fled and had contacted the police on Friday, several agencies including the US marshals are looking for the couple and a reward has been offered for any leads.


'We’re in this together', students, essential workers gather to support Justin Shilling's parents

Crowd of hundreds gathered outside Michigan’s McLaren Oakland hospital where the body of Justin Shilling, one of the four victims of the Oxford High School shooting, was kept on life support.

While his parents said their goodbyes to their 17-year-old son and the body was taken in for surgery, community members gathered outside with signboards for a honour walk — a common practice when a patient’s family chooses to donate organs.

The crowd consisted of students from Oxford High School, their friends, medical staff and emergency workers. Many of them wept and clapped for the Shillings as they appeared briefly on an overhead walkway. Some children held signs that read “Oxford Strong, RIP Justin”.

“We’re in this together” was written on the back of the jacket of a student who had gathered at the hospital.

Here are the highlights from the gathering:

Justin Shilling and three other students died after a classmate allegedly opened fire indiscriminately in their high school earlier this week


ICYMI: The charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley

In a rare move, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, accused in the Oxford High School shooting, have been charged for involuntary manslaughter on the grounds that they failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite clear signals.

James and Jennifer Crumbley bought a gun and made it available to their son as well as resisted his removal from school when they were called in a few hours before the shooting, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said.

A teacher saw Crumbley searching for ammunition on his phone when the parents were called. The mother subsequently contacted her son and told him in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” according to the prosecutor.

She added that the charges against the couple are the strongest allowed under Michigan law.

Parents in the US are rarely charged in shooting incidents where a minor is involved, despite the fact that most minors get guns from a parent or an adult in the house, according to experts.

A Washington Post analysis of 105 school shootings between 1999 and 2018 found that the guns used were taken from the shooter’s home - or that of a relative or friend - in 84 cases.

However, only four of those cases saw adult owners of the weapons face criminal charges.

The couple was scheduled to appear at an arraignment on Friday but they did not turn up. The police are now looking for them.

The Independent’s Megan Sheets reports on the seriousness of the charges against the couple and what punishment they could face.

Charging decision for Jennifer and James Crumbley comes three days after their son allegedly killed four at Oxford High School


How lawmakers in Washington are reacting to the Oxford shooting

The mass shooting in Oxford, Michigan, this week has shocked communities all across the country, Washington, DC, included.

Lawmakers like US Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Chris Murphy of Connecticut both gave impassioned speeches in Congress about the killings.


Oxford high school shooting is the latest in a record two years of guns and violence

The mass shooting at a Michigan high school this week is the latest in a two-year stretch full of record gun sales and gun violence.

Here’s how The Independent has covered this alarming trend:

FBI processes 3.7 million background checks as gun control advocates warn against fear-buying during the Covid-19 outbreak

‘The collateral damage is unquantifiable, and it’s reaching almost everyone’

Gun sales expected to top 2016’s record, with Black people and women among new groups purchasing more firearms

Violent effort to overturn election result and start of Biden presidency both thought to have contributed to spike

Gun sales surged during the pandemic and racial justice protests over the summer


Everything we know about Ethan Crumbley’s parents, who have been charged with manslaughter

Prosecutors in Michigan have charged the parents of alleged Oxford high school shooter Ethan Crumbley with four charges each of involuntary manslaughter.

During a press conference on Friday announcing the charges, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said it was “impossible not to conclude” that the 15-year-old’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, could have done more to stop the mass shooting, which killed four students and injured seven people altogether. Here’s what we know about the Crumbleys, who haven’t been located and missed their scheduled arraignment on Friday.

Ethan Crumbley’s parents bought him a gun, practiced shooting it with him, and had warning signs he was considering violence, according to officials


ICYMI: ‘Ethan don’t do it’: Mother’s texts to Michigan shooting suspect revealed as parents charged with manslaughter

The mother of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old boy accused of killing four classmates at his Oxford, Michigan high school, sent him texts warning him not to get caught after the boy was found reading about ammunition on his phone while in class and telling him “don’t so it” after initial reports of shots fired at the school became public.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has the details.

The teen’s mother, Jennifer Crumbley, also allegedly laughed off his son being caught reading about ammunition while in class


Commentators compare missing Crumbley parents to fugitive Brian Laundrie

Social media commentators are comparing Ethan Crumbley’s missing parents to Brian Laundrie, the person of interest of interest and boyfriend of murdered travel vlogger Gabby Petito, who fled police before dying by suicide after a nationwide manhunt. Here’s some of our coverage on Laundrie:

Laundries hope cause of death confirmation will bring ‘closure’ to two families

FBI confirms human remains belong to Brian Laundrie

And here’s what some commentators online are saying about the parallels between the two cases:


What policy solutions could’ve stopped the Oxford mass shooting?

During a press conference on Friday, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said that alleged shooter Ethan Crumbley was able to easily take his father’s gun out of an unlocked drawer the day of the mass shooting.

Other states and countries have tried numerous ways of reducing the risk of guns falling into the hands of young people, from safe storage rules to outright bans on firearms.

Here are some promising solutions that The Independent has covered in recent years.

On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire at a Florida high school, leaving 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured.

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