Michigan gunman’s parents were called into school just before shooting, report shows

Authorities in Michigan on Wednesday said a 17-year-old boy had become the fourth student to die as a result of a high school shooting in the state the day before.

The latest victim was named as Justin Shilling, just hours after the authorities named the other three teenagers killed in Tuesday’s shooting in Oxford, on the outskirts of Detroit.

The suspect, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, was charged with murder and terrorism over the shooting at Oxford high school. Oakland county prosecutor Karen McDonald said she was considering charges against his parents.

Crumbley, a sophomore, was previously flagged by administrators for “behavior in the classroom that they felt was concerning,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Wednesday.

Crumbley’s parents were requested to attend a meeting in school in regards to their son’s behaviour. Nathan Swanson, a 10th grader who was in some middle-school classes with Crumbley, told The Daily Beast that he was “really quiet, he would never talk to people.” Swanson added, “He wore all black, I believe he was really into hunting.”

Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Crumbley, who was arraigned late Wednesday afternoon via video with his parents on the line, has been charged as an adult with one count of terrorism, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm. More charges may be added at a later date, she said.

Oakland County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Willis told Judge Nancy Carniak that a search of Crumbley’s home turned up “two separate videos recovered from Ethan’s cellphone made by him the night before the incident, wherein he talked about shooting and killing students the next day at Oxford High School.”

The judge has ordered Crumbley to be held without bail.  He has been placed under suicide watch at an adult prison.




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