A day before 15-year-old Ethan Crumble allegedly opened fire on his classmates at Oxford High School, the student met with “school staff regarding concerning behavior.” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard says.
And in the hours before Tuesday’s shooting, Crumble and his parents met with school officials on a different topic, according to Bouchard, who declined to elaborate on those discussions.
During Crumble’s arraignment Wednesday, authorities said they found two videos on Crumble’s cellphone of him talking about shooting high school students.
Another piece of evidence investigators found was a newspaper in Crumble’s backpack detailing his “desire to shoot up the school to contain the murdered students,” Lt. Tim Willis said during the indictment. Is.
Bouchard told CNN on Wednesday that the school’s video shows the attacker shooting the victim at close range, often targeting the head or chest.
In court, prosecutors said video from the school’s surveillance cameras showed Crumble coming out of the bathroom with a bag and a minute later with no bag and a gun in his hand.
Crumbley opened fire outside the bathroom, prosecutor Mark Keast said. After the students ran, he continued “methodically” down the hall and shot into classrooms and students who didn’t run, Keast said. This went on for another four or five minutes until he went into another bathroom, Keast said.
When deputies arrived, he dropped his weapon and surrendered.
On Wednesday, Crumble was charged with terrorizing an adult resulting in death and four counts of first-degree murder. He faces seven counts of attempted murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, Oakland County Attorney Karen D. McDonald said.
“There’s a lot of digital evidence … there’s videos, there’s stuff that’s come out on social media, but you probably don’t even have to see it to know how scary it is to be around another student. That fellow students should be shot dead. . . I mean, that’s terrorism,” McDonald told CNN of the terrorism charge.
Addressing the first-degree murder charges, MacDonald told reporters that the indictment “requires premeditation and I’m absolutely convinced after reviewing the evidence that it’s not even a call, it’s absolutely premeditated.” It was fixed.”
Crumble’s attorney pleaded not guilty on Wednesday’s arraignment. The judge set a probable cause hearing for Dec. 13 and a preliminary hearing for Dec. 20. He is currently being held in the Oakland County Jail.
In addition, MacDonald has indicated that his office is considering charges against Crumble’s parents, along with possible charges stemming from the fact that the parents possess firearms, which MacDonald said. Said legal obligations include such as properly securing the firearm and ensuring that ammunition is kept separate.
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