Michigan school shooting: Suspect identified as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley as he's charged with terrorism murdering 4 and injuring 7 at Oxford High School

Michigan school shooting: Suspect identified as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley as he's charged with terrorism murdering 4 and injuring 7 at Oxford High School



The suspect in the Michigan school shooting has been identified as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley.



According to Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald, he will be charged as an adult with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.



Ms. McDonald added that “there are important facts still to be gathered. The process will take time”. She confirmed that Mr. Crumbley is facing life in prison because he’s being charged as an adult.



She said that “there could be additional charges issued very soon” and that Mr. Crumbley was being charged as an adult because of the “seriousness of the crime” under Michigan law. “First-degree murder is the most serious” of the crimes prompting a suspect to be charged as an adult, Ms. McDonald told reporters on Wednesday.



“There are facts leading up to the shooting that suggests that this was not just an impulsive act,” the prosecutor added. She said Mr. Crumbley would be “arraigned later this afternoon”.



She said that “we have become desensitised to school shootings” and that “to prevent further tragedies like the one we witnessed yesterday” gun ownership has to be addressed both on a local and national level.



“Charging this person as an adult is necessary to achieve justice and protect the public,” Ms McDonald said. “Any other option would put all of us at risk of this person because they could be released and still a threat.”



She noted that charging the suspect with first-degree murder “requires premeditation. And I am absolutely sure after reviewing the evidence that it isn’t even a close call. It was absolutely premeditated”.







“We are considering charges against both parents and we will be making a decision swiftly,” the prosecutor said.



She added that “there is a mountain of digital evidence, videotape, social media”, leading her to believe that “we can show premeditation”.



Explaining the charge of terrorism, she noted the fear and ramifications for not just those who have died or been injured, but all the students who “ran screaming hiding under desks” and “the children at home right now who can’t eat and can’t sleep and can’t imagine a world where they could ever step back foot back in that school”.


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