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Arraignment Hearing for Oxford High School Shooting Suspect Held Wednesday

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Mug shot of Ethan Crumbley. | Image from CELEBSAGA

Ethan Crumbley, the fifteen-year-old suspect in Tuesday’s mass shooting at a high school in Pontiac, Michigan, had his first day in Oakland County Court Wednesday.

The Oxford High School attack’s death toll sits at four teens after fifteen-year-old Justin Shilling passed away Wednesday. Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Hana St. Juliana, 14, were killed during the shooting Tuesday, and seven others were injured.

More than a hundred 911 calls came into the Oakland County Police Department reporting the shooting. Deputies arrived on the scene and arrested the suspect, who did not resist.

By the time he was taken into custody, he had allegedly shot eleven people.

Crumbley was charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, twelve counts of possession of a firearm, and one count of terrorism, for a total of twenty-four counts against him as an adult.

Crumbley spoke very few times in court, but he did confirm that he understood his charges. His attorney entered a plea of not guilty.

Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor Marc Keast reviewed security footage from Oxford High School to prepare for the hearing. “What is depicted on that video – I don’t have the words.”

According to Keast, the video shows Crumbley walking into a bathroom and emerging moments later with a gun to open fire on people in the hall. Keast said in the video Crumbley can be seen firing at fleeing students and “in[to] classrooms at students who were unable to escape.”

Keast alleged that cell phone and social media records show Crumbley planned the shooting. Sources for Fox News stated that Crumbley and his parents had meetings with school officials on Monday and Tuesday before the shooting due to his behavior. The shooting took place Tuesday afternoon.

Judge Nancy Carniak ruled that the fifteen-year-old high school sophomore be held without bond and moved to Oakland County Jail, an adult facility. “This should be done to protect other juveniles.”

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