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Investigators reveal concerns about Michigan high school shooting suspect’s conduct that led to tragedy

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By Jason Hanna, Aya Elamroussi and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN

Two teachers separately reported on sophomore Ethan Crumbley’s behavior beginning the day before Michigan High School Deadly Shooting He is accused – of having given two meetings with him, including one with his parents just hours before the murder, a police chief said on Thursday.

Crumbley, 15 years old, is charged as a fourth adult with terrorism, murder and other charges related to Tuesday’s shooting that killing four students and wounding seven others at Oxford High School north of Detroit.

The first behavioral report came Monday, when “a teacher in a classroom where he was a student saw and heard something she found disturbing,” the County Sheriff’s Office said. Oakland, Michael Bouchard tells Brianna Keilar on CNN “New Day”.

“And they had a consultation session on this with school officials, and a phone call was left with the parents,” he said.

Then on Tuesday – hours before the shooting – “another teacher in another classroom saw some behavior that they found disturbing, and they took the child down to the office. , met with school officials, phoned the parents, and it was ultimately determined that he could return to the classroom. “

Authorities said Crumbley soon opened fire outside a school bathroom. Prosecutors said he moved through the hallways at “methodical speed”, shooting at students in the hallways and classrooms before surrendering in the deadliest mass shooting at a K-12 school US since 2018 and the 32nd on this campus as of August 1.

Bouchard declined to disclose the teachers’ concerns, adding that his department “had never been informed of the meeting prior to the shooting or had any behavioral concerns.” .

Asked why Crumbley was allowed back into class on Tuesday, Bouchard said: “It’s all going to be part of the investigation, into what they think, and why they think it’s the right move. ”

At a press conference later, in response a question from CNN, he said: “Given where we are today, we certainly want to be involved in that discussion and provide that information.”

When pressed by CNN, the sheriff declined to speculate on whether that information could have prevented the shooting.

Officials say cell phone videos refer to student killing

After the shooting, investigators found two cellphone videos of Crumbley – taken the night before the shooting – in which he talked about shooting and killing students at the high school, Police Chief Tim Willis said at Crumbley’s briefing on Wednesday.

Another piece of evidence that investigators discovered was a diary in Crumbley’s backpack detailing “his desire to bombard the school to include the murder of students,” Willis said.

Authorities said the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting, a Sig Sauer SP2022 9mm pistol, was purchased by Crumbley’s father four days before the shooting, Bouchard said Tuesday.

When asked if Crumbley’s parents knew what their son was writing or recording before the shooting or his access to a new weapon, Bouchard on Thursday told CNN: “We don’t have any information. any news that they know this is the path he is headed. But… it was a very active investigation. ”

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said Thursday that her office is determining whether Crumbley’s parents will be charged and she expects an announcement Friday afternoon.

McDonald’s has said that firearm ownership comes with legal responsibilities such as properly securing the gun and making sure ammunition is kept separate.

CNN pressed the prosecutor to talk about whether evidence was withdrawn to support potential charges and what charges are under review. The prosecutor declined to go into details, citing the investigation.

CNN has attempted to reach Crumbley’s parents and is trying to identify their attorney.

Bouchard told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday night that detectives are still working on that aspect of the case while pointing out that neither the suspect nor his parents spoke to law enforcement. .

He pointed out that investigators were trying to figure out how the 15-year-old got the gun.

“If in Michigan someone gives someone a gun and they can’t legally possess it, that’s a crime in our state,” he said. “This person cannot carry or possess a handgun, so it would be a crime to give it to them. And, obviously, if he did put it in the school, that was another crime and they were involved in it. ”

How the authorities say the shooting took place

In court on Wednesday, prosecutors said video from the school’s surveillance camera showed Crumbley with a backpack, then a minute later walking out of the bathroom without his backpack and with a gun. on hand.

According to prosecutor Marc Keast, Crumbley started shooting outside the bathroom. After students began to flee, he proceeded down the hallways at “methodical speed” and shot inside classrooms and at students who had not escaped, Keast said. That continued for another four or five minutes until he went into another bathroom, Keast said.

Video from the school shows the attacker shooting at victims at close range, often aiming for the head or chest, Bouchard told CNN.

When the delegates arrived, Crumbley lowered his gun and surrendered, authorities said.

Crumbley was charged with terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. He also faces seven counts of assault with intent to kill and 12 counts of possession of a firearm while serving a felony sentence, McDonald said.

“There’s a lot of digital evidence… there’s video, there’s stuff that’s been posted on social media, but you probably don’t even have to see that to know how awful it is to be around a student. another shot dead classmates. . I mean, it’s terrorism,” McDonald told CNN of the terrorism allegation.

Addressing the first-degree murder charges, McDonald told reporters the charge “requires pre-settlement and I’m absolutely certain after looking at the evidence that it wasn’t even an assault.” close call that is completely pre-computed.”

Crumbley’s attorneys pleaded not guilty on behalf of the teenager. The judge scheduled a probable cause hearing for December 13 and a preliminary hearing for December 20. He is being held at the Oakland County Jail.

Survivors deal with trauma and grief

As investigators continue to dig into details from the shooting, students who lived through the horrifying ordeal are struggling to deal with the aftermath.

JaVon Pittman, a student at Oxford High School, said he covered up when the incident was revealed. “We put the table at the door, barricaded the doors, just turned off the lights and hid under the table,” the 17-year-old told CNN Wednesday.

JaVon said he called his father while he was hiding and whispered that there was a shooting at his school. His younger brother, Jonte, was also at the school during the shooting and was able to escape.

JaMar Pittman, JaVon’s father, said: “It’s horrible to hear such a phone call.

JaVon and his father became emotional as they recalled the fear they both felt in that moment.

“You try to be there for your kids. You can’t be there for your baby, and you feel anxious. And let you be their leader, their father, superhero, whatever. You cannot save your child. It was devastating,” said JaMar Pittman.

JaVon said two of the shooting victims were like brothers to him.

“I am good friends with Justin (Shilling). Me and him laugh about everything, we’re great. … Tate (Myre) is a wonderful kid. He was probably… the best person I could meet, aside from my dad and beyond God,” JaVon said.

Zander Cumbey, a high school student, told CNN that Myre is his best friend with whom he plays soccer.

“He’s a great person, a great leader,” he told CNN. “Always wanted to make sure everyone was okay and involved in all that they could.”

School shooting victims

Take a shot take a life out of four teenagers, the youngest was 14 years old.

Hana St. Juliana, 14, was a basketball player at Oxford High School.

“We will never forget your kind heart, silly personality and passion for the game,” the team wrote on Twitter. “Since camping in 6th grade, you have stayed dedicated to Oxford Basketball, immersing yourself in the game.”

Justin Shilling passed away Wednesday morning, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said. Anita’s kitchen, where the 17-year-old works, says he is a co-captain of the bowling team, a devoted friend and “simply a joy to be around”.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time,” the statement said.

Madisyn Baldwin, 17, is expected to graduate this year, her family says CNN branch WDIV, and has been accepted to several colleges – some with full scholarships.

“This beautiful, intelligent, sweet loving girl was tragically taken from all of us today, leaving a huge hole in our hearts…” Ms. Jennifer Graves Mosqueda of Baldwin write on Facebook. “This horrible day could never have been imagined or planned for.”

And Tate Myre, 16, is a soccer player who has played for his school’s varsity team since he was a freshman, the team said in a tweet. He is also an honor student.

“Tate is a great guy with a bright future and is loved by everyone. You will be missed, Tate,” the group tweeted Tuesday night.

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CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz reports from Oxford; Jason Hanna writes in Atlanta and Aya Elamroussi writes in New York. Kristina Sgueglia, Adrienne Broaddus, Amir Vera, Carolyn Sung, Laura Dolan, Leon Jobe and Taylor Romine contributed to this report.

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