(OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich.) — A 15-year-old sophomore opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three students and wounding six other people, including a teacher, authorities said.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a news conference that he didn’t know what the assailant’s motives were for the attack at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit.
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McCabe stated that officers responded to 911 calls regarding an active shooter at school at 12:55 pm. Police arrested the suspect and recovered a semiautomatic handgun as well as several clips.
“Deputies confronted him, he had the weapon on him, they took him into custody,” McCabe said, adding that suspect wasn’t hurt when he was taken into custody and he refused to say how he got the gun into the school.
Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the suspect or victims.
Tim Throne, the superintendent of Oxford Community Schools, said he didn’t know yet know the victims’ names or whether their families had been contacted.
“I’m shocked. It’s devastating,” the shaken superintendent told reporters.
After the attack, the school was put on lockdown. Some children hid in their classrooms as officers searched the area. The children were taken by officers to Meijer nearby to be collected by their parents.
McCabe indicated that investigators would examine social media for evidence of possible motives.