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Three Michigan high school students shot dead, eight wounded

“The whole thing lasted five minutes,” Mr McCabe explained.

• December 1, 2021
Michigan High School (Credit: New York Times)
Michigan High School (Credit: New York Times)

A 15-year-old boy killed three fellow high school students and wounded eight other people after opening fire with a semi-automatic handgun at a Michigan high school and was quickly arrested, police said.

One of those wounded was a teacher, and the rest were students at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, about 40 miles (65 km) north of Detroit, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The motive of the shooter was unknown, officials said.

Those killed were a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, Undersheriff Michael McCabe told reporters at the scene.

Two of the wounded were in surgery, and six were in stable condition, Mr McCabe added.

The suspect, a sophomore at the school, was believed to have acted alone and was arrested without resistance after firing 15 to 20 shots, Mr McCabe said.

“The whole thing lasted five minutes,” Mr McCabe explained. “The suspect divulged nothing to police and demanded his right to a lawyer on being advised not to speak by his parents.”

“My heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” President Joe Biden told reporters while touring a Minnesota technical college.

The latest in a long series of U.S. school shootings will likely fuel debates about gun control and mental health care, with many states allowing easy access to firearms while mental health disorders frequently go untreated.

“This is a uniquely American problem that we need to address,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who rushed to the scene and appeared with McCabe before the media.

Student Abbey Hodder told the Detroit Free Press she was in chemistry class when she heard the sound of glass breaking.

“My teacher kind of ran out and was scrambling,” the student told the newspaper. “The next thing I knew, I saw he was pushing tables. It’s part of school protocol to barricade, so we all knew, barricade, barricade down. And we all started pushing tables.”

Mr McCabe praised the school for its preparation for a shooting and an orderly evacuation.

(Reuters/NAN)

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