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Michigan teen charged with 1st-degree murder, held without bond in shooting spree

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Students pay their respects at a memorial at Oxford High School a day after the year's deadliest US school shooting which killed and injured several people, in Oxford, Michigan, US December 1, 2021.

A Michigan teenager was ordered held without bond on Wednesday after being charged with first-degree murder in the deadliest US school shooting of the year, which killed four students and wounded seven other people.

Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, about 40 miles (65 km) north of Detroit, was charged with a slew of criminal counts in Tuesday's shooting spree, Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney Karen McDonald said.

“I am absolutely sure after reviewing evidence that it isn’t even a close call," she told a briefing. "It was absolutely premeditated.”

In addition to four counts of first-degree murder, Crumbley faces one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, she said.

The shooting spree was the deadliest on US school property this year, according to Education Week. It was the latest in a decades-long string of deadly American school shootings.

Crumbley, who is being charged as an adult, appeared on Wednesday at an online arraignmentwhere Judge Nancy Carniak ordered him held without bond at the Oakland County Jail.

At the arraignment, Lieutenant Tim Willis of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said investigators had found videos that Crumbley recorded the night before in which he talked about shooting and killing students.

"Further, a journal was recovered from Ethan's backpack also detailing his desire to shoot up the school to include murdering students," Willis said.

Crumbley opened fire at Oxford High School with a semi-automatic handgun - which his father had purchased four days earlier - after emerging from a restroom shortly before 1 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on Tuesday, authorities said.

Source: Reuters


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