Oxford Township, I. (CBS/Associated Press) — Ethan Curmbley, a 15-year-old student from Oxford High School, is charged with murder, terrorism and other counts of murdering four students and injuring others.
Curmbley will be charged as an adult with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, and seven counts of assault with intent to kill.
Oakland County Prosecutor Karen MacDonald has not revealed a motive for Tuesday’s shooting at Oxford High School.
MacDonald said, “There is a mountain of digital evidence. Videotape, social media, all possible digital evidence.”
Crombley was arrested Tuesday when he surrendered when deputies approached him in the high school hallway.
Bouchard said the boy’s father Friday bought a 9mm Sig Sauer used for the shooting. Bouchard said he did not know why the man bought the semi-automatic pistol, which his son was posting pictures of and practicing shooting.
The four students killed were identified as 16-year-old Tate Meyer, 14-year-old Hannah St. Juliana, 17-year-old Madison Baldwin and 17-year-old Justin Schilling, who died on Wednesday.
Bouchard said Mer died in a patrol car while a deputy tried to take him to the emergency room.
He said that a teacher who sustained a shoulder wound left the hospital, but that seven students aged 14 to 17 remained in the hospital overnight with gunshot wounds.
Bouchard said the boy’s gun contained seven more rounds when he surrendered.
Brigadier General Mike McCabe said the student’s parents had advised their son not to speak to investigators. He added that the police must obtain permission from the juvenile’s parents or guardian to speak with them.
After the attack, authorities learned of social media posts about threats to shoot a school of about 1,700 students. Al-Sharif stressed the importance of sending such advice to the authorities, while also warning against spreading rumors on social media before a full investigation is conducted.
McCabe downplayed the situation in early November when a deer’s head was thrown from the roof of the school, which he said had “absolutely nothing” to do with the shooting. The accident prompted school administrators to publish Two letters to parents employment school website, saying they were responding to rumors of a threat to the school but found nothing.
Bouchard said the student caught in the shooting had never had confrontations with his department, and was not aware of any disciplinary history at the school.
“This is part of our investigation to determine what happened prior to this event and whether some signs were missing, how and why they were missed,” he said.
The district said in a statement that all schools will be closed for the remainder of the week.
Isabel Flores, a 15-year-old ninth grader, told Detroit television station WJBK that she and other students heard gunshots and saw another student bleeding from his face. Then they ran from the area through the back of the school, she said.
Robin Redding, a concerned mother, said her son, 12th grader Trishane Bryant, stayed home on Tuesday after hearing possible shooting threats.
“This can’t be random,” she said.
Bryant said he’s heard vague threats “for a long time now” about plans to shoot.
At a vigil Tuesday night at Lake Point Community Church, Lynne Dersa choked on tears as she hugged friends and neighbors. Dursa has lived for nearly all of her 73 years at Oxford. Her grandchildren attended high school.
“Something horrible scared us all. He taught a lesson about shootings.
Reverend Jesse Holt said news of the shooting poured into him and his wife, including text messages from about 20 to 25 students among the 400 members of the congregation.
“Some were very scared, hiding under their desks and texting us, ‘We’re safe, we’re fine.'” We heard gunshots, but we’re fine. They were trying to calm us down, at least that’s how I felt.”