Oxford Shooting Suspect's Father Bought Gun 4 Days Before, Police Say

The 15-year-old suspect in the Oxford High School shooting used a 9mm Sig Sauer bought by his father four days earlier, Michigan police have said.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said late on Tuesday night that investigators had determined the gun used was purchased by the teenager's father, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff's office.

The Associated Press reported that Sheriff Bouchard also said the suspect had practiced shooting the gun and had "posted pictures of the target and the weapon."

The 15-year-old, a sophomore at the school in Oxford Township, north of Detroit, was taken into custody by officers who arrived within two minutes of the first 911 call at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sheriff Bouchard said deputies arrested the suspect after he walked out of a school bathroom with the gun, which still had seven rounds of ammunition inside.

Police said in a Facebook post the suspect offered "no resistance during the arrest" and was taken to Oakland County Children's Village because he is a juvenile.

AP reported that Sheriff Bouchard added: "I believe they [police] literally saved lives having taken down the suspect with a loaded firearm while still in the building."

According to police, there was no indication the suspect had any disciplinary history at the school and he had not been involved in any incident that was flagged to law enforcement.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office later identified the victims as Tate Myre, 16, Hanna St. Julian, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.

Sheriff Bouchard said Myre died in a patrol car as a deputy raced to get him to hospital, according to AP.

Police added that another six people, including a teacher, were injured in the shooting.

Officers are continuing their investigation at the high school and a search of the suspect's house has also been carried out.

President Joe Biden issued a statement on the shooting on Twitter on Tuesday.

He said: "My heart goes out to the families of all those in Oxford, Michigan experiencing the unimaginable grief of losing a loved one.

"I'm remaining in close touch with my team as new information about this tragic school shooting surfaces."

Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan posted a series of tweets calling for an end to gun violence. She wrote: "I'm devastated for the students, teachers, staff, and families of Oxford High School.

"The death of multiple students and shooting of others, including a teacher, is horrific. My heart is with the parents who had their children taken from them and with the entire Oxford community.

"We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect each other, and we have the tools to reduce gun violence.

"No one should be afraid to go to school, work, a house of worship, or even their own home. This is a time for us to come together and help children feel safe at school."

Newsweek has contacted the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for further comment.

Three students were shot dead on Tuesday
A police roadblock restricts access to Oxford High School in Michigan after a shooting on November 30. Three students were killed and a 15-year-old is in custody. Matthew Hatcher / Stringer/Getty