3 dead, 8 wounded: Dramatic video from inside school as students run from 15-yr-old shooter

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Three Michigan high school teens are dead and three others in critical condition following a mass shooting at Oxford High School reportedly committed by a 15-year-old suspect who was apprehended before he’d run out of ammunition.

No motive has thus far been ascertained. According to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, the suspect, a sophomore at the school, used a 9 mm Sig Sauer pistol that records show was purchased by his father four days prior to the mass shooting.

Discerning a motive has been difficult because the suspect’s family is refusing to allow law enforcement to speak with him. This is allowed per a Michigan law.

Speaking with local media following the shooting, the sheriff said the shooting began with the unnamed suspect coming “out of a bathroom with a weapon in hand” and then opening fire, prompting over 100 calls to the county’s emergency operations center.

“The call was dispatched, I believe, at 12:52. We had deputies on scene within minutes. Within three minutes of them being on scene, they had taken him into custody, thankfully, because he still had a weapon with seven rounds. So you know, I believe that those are potentially seven more victims that were in that gun,” Bouchard said.


The sheriff attributed his department’s quick response to comprehensive training.

“So many years have gone into this training now where all of the police agencies in Oak County train regularly for active shooters or whatever the case may be. And so they immediately can fold together and work together. Whoever gets there first knows exactly what the other person will do,” he explained.

“Secondly, I told our folks very clearly that their job is to go in. Not to stage, not to wait. If they get there first, go in. If i get their first, I’m going in. We get there together, we’re both going in. But go in and look for the threat, because every second you delay, we could have another victim. and that’s the preparation and the training that all of our deputies go through every year.”

Because of a lack of such training, a total of 17 teens and adults were killed and 17 more injured during the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.

It appears the kids at Oxford High School also deserve credit for their quick-thinking. A horrifying video that emerged online after the shooting showed one group of students trapped in a classroom when someone knocked on the classroom door, claimed to be from the “Sheriff’s office” and said that “it’s safe to come out.”

One of the students smartly replied that they didn’t feel safe coming to the door at the moment, prompting the person on the other side of the door — now suspected to have been the shooter — to tell them to “come to the door and look at my badge, bro.”

The fact that they used the word “bro” was rightly perceived as a red flag — real cops don’t speak like that — and so the frightened students quickly hurried out an open window and ran across an outside courtyard to an area where the actual police were.


The video was reportedly originally published to the TikTok account of one of the students in the classroom.

What remains unclear is whether this tragedy could have been avoided. Reports have emerged that there had been certain rumors and warning signs.

“A concerned parent, Robin Redding, said her son, Treshan Bryant, is a 12th grader at the school but stayed home Tuesday. Redding said her son had heard threats that there could be a shooting,” the Associated Press reported.

“Bryant said he texted several younger cousins in the morning and they said they didn’t want to go to school, and he got a bad feeling. He asked his mom if he could do his assignments online.”

The 12th grader added that he’d heard vague threats about a shooting “for a long time now.”

The teen seen speaking with local media in the clip below also reported hearing rumors and threats:

In addition, the high school sent a notice how to parents on Nov. 12th downplaying “numerous rumors that have been circulating throughout our building this week.”

“We understand that has created some concern for students and parents. Please know that we have reviewed every concern shared with us and investigated all information provided. Some rumors have evolved from an incident last week, while others do not appear to have any connection,” the notice reads.

“Student interpretations of social media posts and false information have exacerbated the overall concern. We want our parents and students to know there has been no threat to our building nor our students.”

According to the AP, the “incident last week” mentioned in the notice pertained to someone who “threw a deer head into a courtyard from the school’s roof, painted several windows on the roof with red acrylic paint and used the same paint on concrete near the school building during the early morning hours.”

Both and Sheriff Bouchard and Undersheriff Michael McCabe have stressed that Tuesday’s mass  shooting “was unrelated to the deer head or any earlier investigation by their office,” as noted by the AP.

During a press conference, Undersheriff McCabe added that “he was unaware of the suspect having any prior run-ins with law enforcement,” as reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Vivek Saxena


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