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Students describe board-barred doors during the Michigan high school shooting that left 3 dead and 8 injured

By Kelly McCleary, Amir Vera and Taylor Romine, CNN

Students at a Michigan high school have described a horrifying scene as they barricaded their doors with their desks and escaped out of a window during a shooting that left three people dead and eight others injured. love.

“We heard two shots and then my teacher ran into the room, locked it, barricaded it and then we covered the window and hid,” Aiden Page said. CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“We grabbed the computer, we grabbed the scissors in case the shooter came in and we had to attack them,” he said, describing how the shooter was so close that a bullet went through one of the tables. that he and the other students used to block the door. .

Staff who rushed to the scene at Oxford High School on Tuesday also made the decision in a split second as the scale of horror built in the wake of the mass shooting. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the suspect – a 15-year-old sophomore – was detained without incident two to three minutes after authorities responded to the shooting.

One of the three students killed died in a patrol vehicle when a deputy decided to take 16-year-old Tate Myre with him due to his “serious injuries,” Bouchard said at a news conference Tuesday night. “Sadly, that child died in the car,” he said.

Two other students killed in the shooting were identified by investigators as Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.

Bouchard said eight other people – seven students and a teacher – were shot. Three people are in critical condition with gunshot wounds, including a 14-year-old girl who is on a ventilator after surgery.

A 14-year-old boy is in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the jaw and head, Bouchard said. The three students listed as stable and the teacher who was shot have been released from the hospital.

The suspect, who has yet to be identified by police, is being held at the Oakland County Children’s Village, a juvenile detention facility. David Coulter, Oakland County Executive, said he was placed on suicide watch and checked every 15 minutes.

Quick action cop ‘literally saved lives,’ says sheriff

The weapon deputies is believed to have been used in the shooting, a 9MM Sig Sauer SP2022 pistol purchased by the suspect’s father on November 26, four days before shots were fired at the school. , Bouchard said.

The suspect’s parents hired an attorney and instructed the teen not to speak to investigators, Sheriff Michael G. McCabe said.

Two 15-round magazines were found at the scene, Bouchard said, noting that at least 12 rounds were fired, Bouchard said.

Bouchard praised the work of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies that responded Tuesday, saying their coordination and prior active shooter training were priceless.

Deputies were dispatched to the school at 12:52 p.m. and the suspect was detained within three minutes of their arrival, Bouchard said.

As deputies were walking through the campus, they encountered the suspect who then raised his hand, Bouchard said. Deputies took guns and detained the suspect.

Bouchard said the weapon has seven rounds. “I believe they literally saved lives, took out the suspect with a loaded gun in the building.”

McCabe said a search warrant was executed at the suspect’s home. Bouchard said authorities had seized a phone and were examining other seized items.

While Bouchard said authorities were not aware of prior concerns, they were investigating photos of targets and weapons posted by the suspect on social media.

Students scramble to get out of the window to get to safety, video shows

As hundreds of law enforcement officers flood the campus, students and teachers rely on tactics they’ve learned in active shooting drills to protect themselves.

“This district has been very good at training their staff and their students in active shooters,” McCabe, the executive director, said Tuesday.

Freshman Mark Kluska said his teacher, Moises Cortez, took immediate action after a strike was announced over the school’s loudspeakers.

“He closed the door and put it like a metal doorstop so no one could kick in the door.” Kluska told CNN. “After the lights were off, he told us to go into the corner because it might not be a drill and he wanted to be safe.”

A video shot by Kluska shows students eventually rushing out of a first-floor window into a snow-covered area, then racing to safety.

Bouchard said many people were injured as they rushed out of the school. Most were treated and released at a nearby staging area.

Donna Sanders told CNN her youngest grandchild was switching classes when she heard gunshots. He told her that he and the others ran through an emergency exit and to a nearby grocery store to escape.

Sanders said: “He was able to run to safety with the others while his brother was trapped inside.

Sanders’ daughter, Vontysha Pittman, said her eldest son seeks safety in a classroom with a teacher and other students. He hid under a table and called his father to tell him what was happening, she said.

“Both are safe at home but they are broken. We need prayers and not just for us but for all the families in Oxford,” Sanders said.

Senior Aiden Page told CNN’s Cooper that his class was locked down for an hour and described the whole experience as “crazy” as he pondered whether he would live through the ordeal. are not.

“The first thing on my mind was, ‘Is this really happening? I will text my family, saying I love them in case I die. ‘ Then, when everything calmed down for a second, I was able to catch my breath and rationalize things,” he said.

‘No students or staff are not tied up today’

Prosecutors are weighing the evidence and will decide whether to charge the suspect as an adult.

Prosecutor Karen D. McDonald said in a statement Tuesday her office has “started a process to receive information related to the investigation” into the shooting. “Our aim is to scrutinize and quickly issue appropriate fees.”

As investigators are investigating the school for evidence, community leaders said they will work to mend a broken sense of security in the coming days.

“There are no disrespectful students or staff these days. Coulter, chief executive of Oakland County, said everyone in the communities of Oxford, Oakland County and the United States has been affected by this tragedy. “Tragedies like these rip through our security… a security and peace that should be ours in a place like a school.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said: “I think this is every parent’s worst nightmare.

“My heart goes out to families. This is an unimaginable tragedy. I hope we can all rise above our chance and put our arms around these families, affected children, and school and community staff,” Whitmer said.

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Laura Ly, Caroll Alvarado, Patrick Cornell, Tanika Gray and Alex Harring of CNN contributed to this report.

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