Oxford school shooting: Sheriff says gun used was bought by suspect's father on Nov 26

15-year-old who killed 3, wounded 8 used a semi-automatic handgun that was bought just days ago, reveals sheriff shortly after his arrest


                            Oxford school shooting: Sheriff says gun used was bought by suspect's father on Nov 26
A police roadblock restricts access to Oxford High School following a shooting on November 30, 2021, in Oxford, Michigan (Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)
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On November 30, 2021, a 15-year-old killed three and wounded eight at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan. According to reports, the suspect was apprehended shortly after the shooting began without incident. He fired about 15 to 20 shots, killing three students at the school. Reportedly, this is the 28th school shooting in the US this year, with 20 occurring since schools reopened in August.

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Details about the shooting in Oxford are slowly making their way to the public, including the brave actions by some at the school. Reportedly, one student, identified as Tate Myre tried to disarm the shooter and lost his life in the process. Moises Cortez, a teacher at the school is also being hailed online for refusing to open the classroom door and helping students escape via the window. Another victim of the shooting has been identified as Madisyn Baldwin, a 17-year-old who had multiple college offers waiting for her upon graduation.

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The name of the suspect has not yet been revealed, since he is a minor, but a few other details have come to light. In a press conference after the suspect's arrest, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard revealed some early findings from the shooting, including the fact that the suspect "acted alone". The 15-year-old was not wearing any body armor and emerged with the gun from a bathroom.

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Community members gather for a vigil at the Lake Point Community Church following a shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, 2021, in Oxford, Michigan. (Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

 

The weapon has been identified as a 9MM Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol, that still had seven rounds when it was confiscated. Reportedly, the gun was purchased just four days ago on November 26 by the suspect's father, along with three ammunition magazines. It's unclear as of now why he purchased the gun, and how his son got a hold of it. Police have also executed a search warrant of the teen's home, seizing multiple items including a phone. They are also examining his social media history, where it is believed he uploaded pictures of the target and the weapon.

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Social media users have begun circulating one image, where the suspect is seen with the gun in his pocket. We are not sharing that image, or the posts because it identifies the teen. It's unclear if he is the shooter at the moment because his name has not yet been confirmed by the police. It's unclear as of now if the father will be charged over the purchase, the Sheriff said that decision was in the hands of the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office. The office is also yet to decide whether to charge the teen as an adult. 

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