Fifteen year old Ethan Crumbley has been charged with four counts of murder in the school shooting that took place at Oxford High School in Michigan. According to police reports Ethan Crumbley arrived at school armed with a 9mm Sig Sauer and opened fire killing four students. Ethan Crumbley who allegedly told police that he was being bullied at school left a few cryptic social media messages before the tragedy occurred. Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. Justin Shilling, 17, died in the hospital on Wednesday morning. Ethan Crumbley has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
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Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of killing four fellow students at a Michigan high school, will be tried as an adult and faces murder, assault and weapons charges.He will also face one count of terrorism causing death, a rare charge for a school shooting.The events unfolded Tuesday at Oxford High School when, law enforcement officials say, the 15-year-old shot at people in a school hallway, firing more than 30 shots at people and through classroom doors. Three people died Tuesday and another passed away at a hospital Wednesday.
Seven others — six students and a teacher — were wounded, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.
The county’s top prosecutor addressed the terrorism charge.
“There is no playbook about how to prosecute a school shooting and candidly, I wish I’d never even had — it didn’t occur so I wouldn’t have to consider it, but when we sat down, I wanted to make sure all of the victims were represented in the charges that we filed against this individual,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald told CNN. “If that’s not terrorism, I don’t know what is.”She said there is a lot of digital evidence in the case — video and things on social media.”But you probably don’t even need to see that to know how terrifying it is to be in close proximity of another student shooting and killing fellow students. I mean, it’s terror,” she added.
“Like every other child that was in that building, and I address that about the terrorism charge, we must have an appropriate consequence that speaks for the victims that were not killed or injured but also, they were affected, how do they go back to school?”She said many students can’t eat or sleep.”Their parents are sleeping next to them and we shouldn’t ignore that,” she told CNN. “There are obviously four children who were murdered and many others injured but over 1,000 were also victimized as well.”At Crumbley’s arraignment Wednesday, prosecutor Marc Keast said Crumbley came out of a school bathroom and started firing. Crumbley walked down the hall at a “methodical pace” and fired more shots.This continued for another four or five minutes and he went to another bathroom, Keast said. When deputies arrived, Crumbley put the gun down and surrendered, the prosecutor said.The judge entered a plea of not guilty per his attorney’s request.
Michigan law defines an act of terrorism as a “willful and deliberate act that is all of the following:””An act that would be a violent felony under the laws of this state, whether or not committed in this state.”An act that the person knows or has reason to know is dangerous to human life.”An act that is intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or influence or affect the conduct of government or a unit of government through intimidation or coercion.”The criminal complaint against Crumbley refers to the third condition and says the act was committed against the Oxford High School community.Charging an accused school shooter with terrorism is rare. In 2018, an Ocala, Florida student who shot through a door and wounded another student, was charged with terrorism and later pleaded no contest to that count and other charges.
That incident occurred two months after gunman Nikolas Cruz shot more than 30 people as he moved for more than 10 minutes through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.Cruz was charged with 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder. He did not face a terrorism charge. He recently pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
Oxford High School Shooting Victims
- A 14-year-old boy was discharged from a hospital on Wednesday.
- A 14-year-old girl has improved from critical condition after being shot in the left chest and neck.
- A 15-year-old boy who suffered a left leg gunshot wound was discharged on Tuesday.
- A 17-year-old girl is in stable condition after being shot in the neck.
- A 17-year-old girl is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest.
- A 17-year-old boy was discharged Tuesday after being shot in the hip.
- A 47-year-old teacher who was shot in her left shoulder was discharged Tuesday.
Ethan Crumbley Parents: James and Jennifer Crumbley
Ethan Crumbley parents have been charged with involuntary manslaughter for buying their son a 9mm Sig Sauer which was used in the tragic school shooting at Oxford High School leaving four students dead and many more injured. Apparently the parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, have fled to avoid being arrested
Authorities have said their son brought a gun to school on Tuesday and methodically fired at fleeing students. Four were killed and seven others injured, including a teacher..
Details of what led up to the rampage were revealed Friday during a court hearing and related news conference held by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald.
She said James Crumbley purchased a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 used in the shooting at a gun store in Oxford on Nov. 26. She said a store employee confirmed Ethan Crumbley was with his father at the time.
She said social media posts by the teen that day show the handgun along with the caption: “Just got my new beauty today.” The next day, McDonald said, one of Jennifer Crumbley’s social media posts read: “Mom and son day testing out his new Christmas present.”
The day before the shooting, a teacher at the high school observed the teen searching ammunition on his cell phone during class and she reported it to school officials, McDonald said. Jennifer Crumbley was contacted through voicemail and email about her son’s web search. McDonald said school officials received no response from either parent.
McDonald said Jennifer Crumbley exchanged text messages with her son about the incident that day, writing: “LOL, I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”
The next day, the day of the shooting, the teen’s teacher saw an alarming note on his desk, McDonald said. The note contained a drawing of a semiautomatic handgun pointing at the words: “The thoughts won’t stop, help me.” She said it also contained a drawing of a bullet with the words “blood everywhere” and a drawing of a person who appeared to be shot and bleeding.
Further down on the drawing, McDonald said, were the words: “My life is useless,” and “The world is dead.”
James and Jennifer Crumbley were summoned to the school that morning and Ethan Crumbley was brought to the office with his backpack, McDonald said. She said the drawing, by that point, had been altered. She said the parents were shown the drawing and told they had to get their son into counseling within 48 hours.
“Both James and Jennifer Crumbley failed to ask their son if he had his gun with him or where his gun was located and failed to inspect his backpack for the presence of the gun, which he had with him,” McDonald said.
She said the parents resisted the idea of their son leaving school at that time and they left without him.
“He was returned to the classroom,” McDonald said.
She said that once news broke that there was an active shooter at the high school, Jennifer Crumbley texted her son at 1:22 p.m.: “Ethan, don’t do it.”
Then at 1:37 p.m., McDonald said, James Crumbley called 911 reporting that a gun was missing from his house and he believed his son may be the shooter. McDonald said the investigation revealed that the gun had been stored unlocked in a drawer in James and Jennifer Crumbley’s bedroom.
Ethan Crumbley was charged Wednesday as an adult with terrorism and multiple counts of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder and gun crimes and could face up to life in prison.
The high school sophomore is accused of killing four students — Hana St. Juliana, 14; Tate Myre, 16; Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17 — and injuring seven others during the mass shooting.
During Ethan Crumbley’s arraignment on Wednesday, Lt. Tim Willis of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said videos were recovered from the teen’s cellphone, including one “made by him the night before the incident wherein he talked about shooting and killing students the next day at Oxford High School.” He said a journal, detailing the teen’s desire to kill students, also was recovered.
Attorney Scott Kozak, who represented Ethan Crumbley during the arraignment but said he won’t be involved in the case moving forward, declined to comment after the teen’s arraignment on Wednesday. Ethan Crumbley is being held without bond at the Oakland County Jail.
During the hearing Wednesday, Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast said school surveillance video shows Ethan Crumbley went into a bathroom just before 12:51 p.m. Tuesday and came out a minute or two later with a gun. Keast said the teen “methodically and deliberately walked down a hallway, aiming the firearm at students and firing.”
Keast said the teen planned the shooting and “brought the handgun that day with the intent to murder as many students as he could.”
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James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested hiding in a Detroit art studio just miles from the Canadian border
James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of suspected Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, are expected to be arraigned Saturday and charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested early Saturday in Detroit after they did not show for their arraignment Friday in Rochester Hills and the U.S. Marshals Service offered a reward for information leading to their arrests.
The charges to James and Jennifer Crumbley come after it was revealed the handgun Ethan Crumbley is accused of using in the shooting Tuesday, a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol, was purchased four days earlier on Black Friday by James Crumbley. Other evidence, including social media posts and text messages were cited by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald as evidence for the charges
Four students died and seven other people were injured in the mass shooting.
Ethan Crumbley faces four counts of first-degree murder, terrorism, and firearm possession charges and was charged as an adult.