Police: Father bought gun used by suspected Michigan high school shooter

1 December 2021, 05:14

Aiden Watson, who was injured at Oxford High School, attends a vigil with his mother at LakePoint Community Church in Oxford, Michigan
School Shooting Michigan. Picture: PA

Authorities were still trying to determine the motive for the attack.

The gun used by a 15-year-old who opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday and killed three pupils was purchased by the suspected shooter’s father, police said.

Eight other people were wounded, some critically, in the incident at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people roughly 30 miles north of Detroit.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting

Students attend a vigil
The suspected shooter is refusing to speak to police, authorities have said, as a vigil was held near the school (Paul Sancya/AP)

“The person that’s got the most insight and the motive is not talking,” Mr Bouchard said at a news conference.

The suspect’s father had bought the 9mm Sig Sauer used in the shooting on Friday, Mr Bouchard said, adding that he did not know why the man bought the gun.

The sheriff said the suspect had practiced shooting with the gun and “posted pictures of the target and the weapon” online.

Parents walk away with their kids from a school parking lot
Three pupils were killed and seven more injured following the attack (Eric Seals/PA)

The three pupils who were killed were 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hanna St Julian, and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, with Mr Bouchard saying the boy died in a patrol car as a deputy tried to get him to a hospital.

The sheriff said a teacher who received a graze wound to the shoulder was discharged from the hospital, but seven pupils ranging in age from 14 to 17 remained hospitalised with gunshot wounds, including 14-year-old girl who was on ventilator after surgery.

Undersheriff Mike McCabe said earlier that authorities were aware of allegations circulating on social media that there had been threats of a shooting at the roughly 1,700-pupil school before Tuesday’s attack, but he cautioned against believing that narrative until it is investigated.

By Press Association

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