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At Least 3 Dead in Shooting at Michigan High School

The authorities said that a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun at a school in Oakland County, Mich., north of Detroit.

“Around 12:51 today, we received a 911 call of an active shooter at the high school. Deputies took a suspect into custody within five minutes of the original 911 call. They recovered a handgun from the suspect. The suspect fired multiple shots. There’s multiple victims. It’s unfortunate that I have to report that we have three deceased victims right now who are all believed to be students. We have six others that were shot. One was a school teacher. He did not give us any resistance when he was taken into custody.” Reporter: “Was this a student?” “Yes, it’s a 15-year-old student who was a sophomore at the high school. There was an orderly evacuation. The school did everything right. Everybody remained in place. They barricaded themselves.”

The authorities said that a 15-year-old sophomore opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun at a school in Oakland County, Mich., north of Detroit.CreditCredit…Todd McInturf/The Detroit News via Associated Press

Three people were killed on Tuesday when a student opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun at a high school in Oakland County, Mich., north of Detroit, according to the authorities, who said that they had taken a 15-year-old student into custody.

The dead were all believed to be students, Michael McCabe, the Oakland County undersheriff, said at a news conference.

The authorities received the first of more than a hundred 911 calls about the shooting at 12:51 p.m., Undersheriff McCabe said. He said the gunman was a sophomore at the school, “gave up without any problems” and was in custody within five minutes.

In addition to the three students who were killed, six others were injured, including a teacher, he said. The conditions of those who were injured were not immediately known, but some were taken to local hospitals, the authorities said.

The gunman, whose name was not immediately released, fired 15 to 20 shots with a semiautomatic handgun, the authorities said.

Undersheriff McCabe said one of the deputies who helped take the gunman into custody was assigned to patrol the high school full time.

The gunman “invoked his right not to speak” and asked for a lawyer, Undersheriff McCabe said. The authorities said they did not believe he had planned the shooting with anyone else. They said they were still investigating whether it was a random shooting or a targeted one.

“It’s a very tragic situation,” Undersheriff McCabe said.

Maria Cramer and Christine Chung contributed reporting.

Credit…Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press, via USA Today

Tim Throne, the Oxford Community Schools superintendent, said that he was “shocked” by the shooting. “It’s devastating,” he said at an afternoon news conference.

Michael McCabe, the Oakland County undersheriff, said that the “school did everything right.”

“Everybody remained in place,” he said. “They barricaded themselves.”

After evacuating the school, the authorities said that they were doing a second and third search of the school, checking for more victims.

Footage from local television news coverage showed a heavy police presence, including sheriff’s deputies and Michigan state troopers, outside the school, which is about 40 miles north of Detroit.

Sheriff’s deputies carrying long guns patrolled the school grounds and emergency medical workers arrived in two helicopters. Emergency medical workers brought a stretcher into the building as at least a half-dozen ambulances waited in the parking lot.

“This afternoon there was an active shooter at Oxford High School,” Oxford Community Schools said in a statement, according to WDIV-TV, a local station. “Oakland County Sheriff’s Department has secured the scene.”

Students and staff members were “systematically being evacuated” to a nearby Meijer store, where they could be picked up, the school district said.

Bobby Maldonado, a spokesman for St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, said the hospital was treating one victim of the shooting. “Beyond that, I can’t provide descriptors out of respect for the family,” he said.



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