Officials have warned that Oxford has been “flooded with threats” following this week’s deadly high school shooting, after vigils for victims turned chaotic on Friday night.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a news conference Saturday afternoon that the tight-lipped Michigan town had been rocked by a “strong increase in threats” following Thursday’s massacre. Three at Oxford High School.
“We are inundated with threats right now,” he said.
“We have threats against the candlelight vigil last night. We’ve had threats against memorials, we’ve had threats against individuals, delegates or law enforcement.
“It makes no sense that after a tragedy we see a huge amount of threats but that’s what we’re seeing.”
Four students were shot dead and seven other students and staff were injured in Tuesday’s shooting, which marked the deadliest school shooting in the US since 2018.
The victims were identified as Tate Myre, 16 years old; Hana St. Juliana, 14 years old; Madisyn Baldwin, 17 years old; and Justin Shilling, 17 years old.
Ethan Crumbley, 15, a sophomore at the school, was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. He was charged as an adult with 24 counts including four counts of first-degree murder and one count of terrorism.
According to authorities, the suspect is said to have posted a countdown to the shooting on social media and was carrying a diary that recorded his plans at the time of the attack.
Panic flared up at a memorial service for the four victims on Friday night when someone fainted, raising fears of another attack and scaring community members into running for their lives. surname.
Footage captured by Local4 News shows hundreds of people frantically fleeing the scene in terror as screams rang through the air.
Law enforcement officials treated the troubled individual well and sought to quell the turmoil, allowing vigilance to continue.
The panic offers a glimpse into the toll of the shooting on the community, which comes at a time when the suspect’s parents are believed to be on the run from law enforcement.
Prosecutors charged the parents of suspects James and Jennifer Crumbley with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in Tuesday’s shooting after they allegedly ignored their son’s behavior and bought him The gun was believed to have been used in the attack four days earlier.
The Crumbleys were arrested in the early hours of Saturday at a Detroit commercial property near the Canadian border, after failing to show up for arrangements Friday afternoon.
They pleaded not guilty at their appointment Saturday morning and were kept over $500,000 each.
Their son also pleaded not guilty to his charges on Thursday and is being held without bond.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/oxford-school-shooting-michigan-sheriff-b1969967.html Ethan Crumbley: Police chief says Oxford ‘flooded with threats’ after school shooting and panics on alert