The day before Ethan Crumbley, 15, allegedly opened fire on his classmates at Oxford High School, the student met with “school staff about some conduct involved”, the Sheriff Oakland County Michael Bouchard said.
And hours before Tuesday’s shooting, Crumbley and his parents had a meeting with school officials on another matter, according to Bouchard, who declined to expand on the details of those discussions.
During Crumbley’s placement Wednesday, authorities said they found two videos on Crumbley’s cell phone in which he talked about shooting and killing students at the high school.
Another piece of evidence that investigators discovered was a diary entry in Crumbley’s backpack detailing “his desire to bombard the school to include the murder of students,” said Lieutenant Tim. Willis said during the arrangement.
Video from the school showed the attacker shooting at the victims at close range, often aiming for the head or chest, Bouchard told CNN Wednesday.
In court, prosecutors said video from the school’s surveillance camera showed Crumbley carrying a backpack, and a minute later walked out of the bathroom without the backpack and with a gun on it. hand.
According to prosecutor Marc Keast, Crumbley started shooting outside the bathroom. After students began to flee, he proceeded down the hallway at “methodical speed” and shot inside classrooms and at students who had not escaped, Keast said. That continued for another four or five minutes until he went into another bathroom, Keast said.
When the delegates arrived, he lowered his gun and surrendered.
On Wednesday, Crumbley was charged as an adult with terror causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen D. McDonald said he also faces seven counts of assault with intent to kill and 12 counts of possession of a firearm while committing the felony.
“There’s a lot of digital evidence… there’s video, there’s stuff that’s been posted on social media, but you probably don’t have to see that to know how horrible it is to be around a student. another shot dead students. I mean, that’s terrorism,” McDonald told CNN of the terrorism allegations.
Addressing the first-degree murder charges, McDonald told reporters the charge “requires pre-settlement and I’m absolutely certain after looking at the evidence that it wasn’t even an assault.” close call that is completely pre-computed.”
Crumbley’s attorney pleaded not guilty on behalf of the teenager Wednesday during the settlement. The judge scheduled a probable cause hearing for December 13 and a preliminary hearing for December 20. He is currently being held at the Oakland County Jail.
Additionally, McDonald’s said her office is looking into allegations against Crumbley’s parents, with potential charges stemming from the parent’s possession of a firearm, which McDonald’s said accompanied the charges. legal responsibilities such as securing firearms properly and making sure ammunition is kept separate.
Authorities say the weapon used in the shooting, a 9mm Sig Sauer SP2022 semi-automatic pistol, was purchased by Crumbley’s father four days before the shooting, Bouchard said Tuesday.
CNN pressed the prosecutor to talk about whether evidence was withdrawn to support potential charges and what charges are under review. The prosecutor declined to go into detail citing the investigation, but reiterated that an announcement would be made as soon as possible on whether charges would be brought.
CNN has been trying to reach Ethan Crumbley’s parents and is trying to identify an attorney for them.
Survivors deal with trauma and grief
As investigators continue to dig into details from the shooting, students who lived through the horrifying ordeal are struggling to deal with the aftermath.
JaVon Pittman, a student at Oxford High School, said he covered up when the incident was revealed. “We put tables at the door, barricaded the doors, and we just turned off the lights and hid under the desk,” the 17-year-old told CNN Wednesday.
JaVon said he called his father while he was hiding and whispered that there was a shooting at his school. His younger brother, Jonte, was also at the school during the shooting and was able to escape.
JaMar Pittman, JaVon’s father, said: “It’s horrible to hear such a phone call.
JaVon and his father became emotional as they recalled the fear they both felt in that moment.
“You try to be there for your kids. You can’t be there for your kids, and you get nervous. And let you be their leader, their dad, superhero, whatever. You I couldn’t save my baby. That’s,” JaMar Pittman said.
JaVon said two of the shooting victims were like brothers to him.
“I’m good friends with Justin (Shilling. He and I laugh about everything, we’re great. … Tate (Myre) is a great kid. He’s probably… the good guy.” best I could meet, besides my dad and outside of God,” JaVon said.
Zander Cumbey, a high school student, told CNN that Myre is his best friend with whom he plays soccer.
“He’s a great person, a great leader,” he told CNN. “Always wanted to make sure everyone was okay and involved in all that they could.”
Hana St. Juliana, 14, is an Oxford High School basketball player.
“We will never forget your kind heart, silly personality and passion for the game,” the team wrote on Twitter. “Since 6th grade camping, you’ve stayed dedicated to Oxford Basketball, immersing yourself in the game.”
Justin Shilling passed away Wednesday morning, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said. Anita’s kitchen, where the 17-year-old works, says he is a co-captain of the bowling team, a devoted friend and “simply a joy to be around”.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” the statement read.
“This beautiful, intelligent, sweet loving girl was tragically taken from all of us today, leaving a huge hole in our hearts…” Mrs. Jennifer Graves Baldwin’s Mosqueda wrote on Facebook. “This horrible day could never have been imagined or planned for.”
And Tate Myre, 16, is a soccer player who has played for his school’s varsity team since he was a freshman, the team said in a tweet. He is also an honor student.
“Tate was a wonderful young man with a bright future and loved by all. You will miss him, Tate,” the group tweeted Tuesday night.
CNN’s Amir Vera, Jason Hanna, Carolyn Sung, Laura Dolan, Leon Jobe and Taylor Romine contributed to this report.