At least 3 students killed in shooting at a Michigan high school, police say

Police stand outside a store where Oxford high school students gathered following a shooting.
Police are shown in the parking lot of a Meijer store where Oxford High School students were being reunited with parents in Oxford, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. AP Photo/Paul Sancya
  • Three high school students were killed in a shooting at a Michigan school on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Officials said a 15-year-old surrendered to police after firing a semi-automatic handgun several times.
  • At least eight others were hospitalized with shooting injuries, according to authorities. 

Three students were killed in a shooting at a Michigan high school on Tuesday afternoon, local law enforcement confirmed to reporters. 

Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said during a press conference on Tuesday that police responded to an active shooter at Oxford High School shortly after 12:50 p.m. local time in Oxford Township, north of Detroit and that more than one hundred 911 calls were received.

A 16-year-old male, a 14-year-old female, and a 17-year-old female were killed in the shooting, authorities said. 

McCabe told reporters that one suspected shooter was taken into custody without resistance within five minutes of the first emergency call, and police recovered a handgun from the suspect.

Authorities said the suspect was a 15-year-old sophomore who surrendered to police after firing the semi-automatic handgun between 15 to 20 times at the school. Officials did not identify the suspect by name, but did say he lived in the village of Oxford. 

The undersheriff said that there were “multiple victims” — including a teacher — who were shot and are being treated for various injuries at local hospitals. Authorities said two people are in surgery, while six others remain stable. 

McCabe confirmed to Insider that the suspect asked for a lawyer and a potential motive is currently unclear, and that he expects an additional briefing or update later on Tuesday. 

President Joe Biden addressed the incident during a speaking event in Minnesota on Monday.

“My heart goes out to the families enduring the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one,” he said. “That whole community has to be in a state of shock right now.” 

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the community during a press conference following the incident.

“My heart goes out to the families,” she said, according to local reporters at the scene. “I wanted to be here because this is an important moment to support one another.”

Authorities confirmed that the families of those who died have been notified.