A 15-year-old student was taken into custody Tuesday after authorities say he fatally shot three students and injured six other people, including a teacher, at a high school north of Detroit.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said they received reports of an active shooter around 12:51 p.m. local time at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a suburb about 40 miles north of Detroit.
The student, a sophomore, was taken into custody within minutes of the shooting, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe. He fired anywhere from 15 to 20 shots during the attack, McCabe added.
“He didn’t give us any resistance when he was taken into custody,” McCabe said. “The whole thing lasted 5 minutes.”
A motive wasn’t clear in the attack.
One handgun, a semi-automatic, was recovered. The suspect, whose name was not released, invoked his right to remain silent and refused to speak in depth with authorities, McCabe said.
“I’m shocked,” said Tim Throne, Oxford Community Schools Superintendent. “It’s devastating.”
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The school was placed on lockdown, with some students sheltering in locked classrooms. They later were ushered to a parking lot of a nearby store after police secured the school and took the suspect into custody. Parents were told they could pick the students up at a nearby community center, the school district said.
Oxford Community Schools said all other schools in the area were on lockdown for safety purposes.
Officials were still sweeping the school Tuesday afternoon and a host of emergency vehicles were parked on the snow-covered lawn. Live streams from local TV news showed multiple medical helicopters landing at the school. At least one person was loaded into a helicopter around 2:30 p.m. local time.
Contributing: Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press; Associated Press