James Crumbley dialed 911 nearly 1 hour after Ethan shot 4 dead to report missing gun
OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN: More details are being revealed regarding the actions of Ethan Crumbley's parents, in the aftermath of their son allegedly opening fire at Oxford High School, which left 4 dead and seven others injured. It is being reported that his father, James Crumbley, made a 911 call 40 minutes after the shooting took place.
Both James and his wife Jennifer have been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the tragic shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan and were arrested on Saturday, December 3, 11 hours after they had fled the town. It has emerged that Ethan's father called 911 at 1.37 pm, 40 minutes after the shooting, to report a gun was missing from their home. During the call, he also added that his son may have been the shooter at Oxford High School on November 30. Fifteen minutes before James called 911, Jennifer had reportedly texted her son, "Ethan, don't do it." However, by then it was a little too late, as their son had already gone on a shooting spree.
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How did Ethan Crumbley get a gun?
As MEAWW reported earlier, James Crumbley bought a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol at a Black Friday sale just days before the shooting that Ethan Crumbley used in the school massacre. The teen possibly was carrying this gun in his bag during a behavioral meeting with administrators just before the attack. Ethan was arraigned on Wednesday, December 1, after being charged as an adult with terrorism, murder, and other counts in connection to the school shooting. Although Ethan's parents were expected to be arraigned on Friday evening, on December 3, they seemingly had skipped town.
Oakland County Lt. Tim Willis said in a press conference on December 3 that Ethan accompanied his father when James purchased the 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun from a shop four days before the shooting. A day after Ethan boasted about the weapon on social media, uploading a photo of it and calling it his "new beauty." Jennifer penned her own Instagram post detailing how she and Ethan had spent the day testing the new gun. "Mom and son day testing out his new Christmas present," Jennifer is said to have written in the since-deleted post.
According to prosecutors, the gun was stored in an unlocked safe inside Jennifer and James' bedroom. "I have tremendous compassion and empathy for parents who have children who are struggling and at risk for whatever reason," said Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald on Thursday. "But the facts of this are so egregious. The parents were the only individuals in the position to know the access to weapons," McDonald continued. The gun "seems to have been just freely available to that individual."
Ethan Crumbley arrested within 5 minutes of first 911 call
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.