Oxford school shooting: Ethan Crumbley was arrested within 5 minutes of first 911 call

About two to three minutes after officers arrived at the scene, they found and took into custody the 15-year-old suspect Ethan Crumbley

                            Oxford school shooting: Ethan Crumbley was arrested within 5 minutes of first 911 call
Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley was arrested within five minutes of the police receiving the first 911 call (Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Scott Olson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN: More details are coming out about how the Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley was arrested after Tuesday's fatal school shooting in Michigan on November 30, in which four people were killed, with seven others wounded. Crumbley has been charged as an adult with terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder.

He has also been additionally charged with seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen D McDonald said. The suspect has pleaded not guilty at Wednesday's arraignment on December 1. Asked by the judge if he understood the charges, he calmly said: “Yes, I do.” The judge scheduled a probable cause hearing for December 13 and a preliminary examination hearing for December 20.


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Crumbley was quickly taken into custody


Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said the charges stemmed from “undeniable” evidence that the attack was premeditated. Police said they received more than a hundred 911 emergency calls in the afternoon of the shooting. The shooter unleashed 15-20 shots in about five minutes from a semi-automatic handgun with more than one magazine before he was apprehended by law enforcement. The suspect was taken into custody within five minutes of the first 911 call, the police said. About two to three minutes after officers arrived at the scene, they found and took into custody the 15-year-old suspect without incident. "There was no resistance during the arrest and the suspect has asked for a lawyer and has not made any statements as to a motive," the sheriff's office said Tuesday, November 30.

According to the prosecutors, CCTV footage from the school showed Crumbley “methodically and deliberately” firing on his fellow students. As a result, the judge accepted prosecutors’ request to deny him bail and transfer him out of juvenile detention to the county jail because minor prisoners could have been threatened by him. Speaking to CNN on Wednesday, Oakland County sheriff Michael Bouchard said: “It’s clear that he came out with the intent to kill people. He was shooting people at close range, oftentimes towards the head and chest... It’s just absolutely coldhearted murders.” He added, “We can’t get the motive from the suspect that we have in custody, but we think we’ve got a path to get a lot of supportive information as to how and why this occurred."

Will Crumbley's parents be charged?



Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the father of the teen shooting suspect purchased the 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol used in the attack on Black Friday. The suspect also reportedly had a countdown put up on his Instagram page where he made multiple posts about murdering his classmates — a fact that the school and many of the parents were aware of.

"Someone posted photos of the gun allegedly used at Oxford High School and targets on social media in the days leading up the Tuesday's shooting," the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. "Multiple parents told the Free Press that their children enrolled at the school heard rumors of some violence ahead of school Tuesday; some took it seriously enough to prevent their children from attending classes in person." McDonald said that a decision on whether Crumbley's parents would be charged in too would be made on that "swiftly." The potential charges stem from the parents owning a gun without securing it properly or ensuring ammunition is kept separate, among other legal responsibilities. "We have to hold individuals accountable who don't do that," she said.

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