OXFORD TOWNSHIP, Michigan – Video from inside Oxford High School Tuesday afternoon is frightening: Students curl up in the back of a classroom, in hiding as an armed gunman rips through the halls, killing four people and injuring seven others.
Then there is a knock on the door.
“Sheriff’s office. It’s safe to go out, ”said a voice from outside the classroom.
Inside, a man replies, “We’re not prepared to take that risk just yet.”
The person outside insists.
“It’s okay,” the voice said. ” Open the door. Everything is fine, my brother. ”
When the students hear the person outside using the word “brother,” a pandemonium erupts. They quickly come to the conclusion that this is the shooter, as it is unlikely that a sheriff’s deputy would use the word “brother”.
“He said brother,” said a teenage boy, standing in the midst of the chaos. “Red flag.”
Students run to a window, open it, and start running in an outdoor courtyard.
Recorded on a cell phone and shared widely on social media, the video shows the students running to safety, entering the school through a different door, where a sheriff’s deputy tells them, “Slow down. good.”
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Authorities arrested a 15-year-old student in the mass shooting. He had not yet been charged on Wednesday morning and was being held in the county juvenile detention center.
The gunman was stalking the halls of the school, trying to get inside the locked doors where his classmates were hiding, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said on Wednesday. during an interview on CNN.
“The evidence I saw there shows that he was very clearly trying to kill people, and so a ruse like this wouldn’t have surprised me, given the way he was acting,” said Bouchard.
“We have recovered evidence as we are now starting to pour in. I saw part of the video of the shooting itself. And it is clear that he came out with the intention of killing people. He was shooting. people in close range, often towards the head or chest. “
He fired bullets through barricaded doors, Bouchard said.
“We know he couldn’t get into some of these classrooms, and I think it saved lives,” he said. “So the only bright spot is that our training and their training saved lives. “
Yet, he said, “the tragedy is not lost on us.” A fourth student, Justin Shilling, 17, died Wednesday morning. The other three students who died in the shooting are: Tate Myre, a 16-year-old football player, who died in the car of a sheriff’s deputy on his way to the hospital; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.
Six other students and a teacher were shot and treated in hospitals in the area. The teacher, said Bouchard, “has fortunately been released. She had a gunshot wound to her left shoulder which appears to have been a touch wound ”.
“We go through hours of video and obviously we have to interview over 1,800 people who are students of this school,” he said. “So we need to interview every student or potential faculty member they’ve seen or for something relevant.
“We want to make sure everything is 100% done. I want to hold that person accountable and the community has to see this happen. I mean, it’s a very calm, gentle, peaceful and quiet community. And that rocked. them to the core. “
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