A 15-year-old student opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three other students and wounding six other people, authorities say.
The suspect’s motives for the attack at Oxford high school in Oxford Township, near Detroit, were not yet known, the Oakland county undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference. One of the people wounded was a schoolteacher, authorities said.
“A 15-year-old sophomore student of Oxford high school has been taken into custody and the handgun was recovered,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said. “There was no resistance during the arrest and the suspect has asked for a lawyer and has not made any statements as to a motive.”
The sheriff’s office said the first call to emergency services was placed at 12.51pm “about an active shooter at Oxford high school”, adding that the dispatch “received over 100 9-1-1 calls during the incident”.
Oxford Township is a small community of about 22,000 people located roughly 30 miles north of Detroit.
Officers responded and arrested the suspect and recovered a handgun, the sheriff’s office said, adding that it did not think there had been more than one attacker.
Authorities did not immediately identify the suspected shooter.
A medical helicopter landed shortly after 2pm in the parking lot of the school.
The school was placed on lockdown, with some students sheltering in locked classrooms while officers searched the premises. They were later taken to a nearby Meijer grocery store to be picked up by their parents.
More details soon …