Michigan school shooting, Student kills three, injures six, police says; Suspect is in custody

 

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A 15-year-old gunman opened fire at his Michigan high school Tuesday, killing at least three people and wounding six others, authorities said.

The shooter is a sophomore at Oxford High School, about 40 miles north of Detroit, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said in a brief news conference Tuesday afternoon. Officers took the suspect into custody around 1 p.m., a few minutes after the first 911 calls came in. They recovered a semiautomatic handgun, McCabe said, and they don’t yet know what motivated the attack.

Police have not identified the victims, but McCabe said that the three fatalities are believed to be students, and that one teacher is among the wounded.

“It’s a very tragic situation,” he said.

The suspect, who also has not been named, fired 15 to 20 shots, police said, and 911 dispatchers were flooded with more than 100 calls about the incident. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and confronted the gunman, who McCabe said “did not give us any resistance as he was taken into custody.” He has “invoked his right not to speak” and asked for an attorney, McCabe added.

“You never want to prepare for something like this, but you have to,” he said.

Authorities are expected to hold another news briefing at 5 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D), who represents the district where the high school sits, described the Oxford community as “tight-knit.”

“People there care deeply for one another,” she said on Twitter. “That will be more important than ever now.”

This is a developing story and will be updated.