UPDATE: A fourth victim, “17-year-old Justin Shilling, died Wednesday morning around 10:45 a.m. at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, police said” – per WZZM13
Police have identified the three victims of the Oxford school shooting. Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Hana St. Juliana, 14, died at the school; while Tate Myre, 16, died in a patrol car while officers were taking him to the hospital to treat his injuries.
Seven other students, ranging from 14-17-years-old, and a 47-year-old teacher were also injured during the shooting and they are being treated at the hospital. Three of the injured students are currently in critical condition.
According to Oxford police, the families of the victims have been notified and they each have been assigned a deputy at their home.
The Oxford community is currently mourning their lost and praying for their injured and a candlelight vigil was held at the LakePoint Community Church in Oxford, Michigan on Tuesday.
“This kind of thing can happen anywhere and sadly it happened even in a sweet, quiet community like Oxford,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said in a press briefing.
Since the shooting, the community is sharing how each of the victims were a part of their school and how missed they will be. According to reports, Tate Myre was a star football player and he wanted to attend schools like Michigan State University or Texas A&M University.
Friends and family called Tate Myre a hero and a young man who had a bright future ahead of him. Since the shooting, over 40,000 people have signed an online petition to get the Oxford Wildcat Stadium named after Myre.
The petition said, “Tate is not just a hero to his fellow students at Oxford high school but a legend, his act of bravery should be remembered forever and passed down through generations, he put his life in danger to try and help the thousands of other students at Oxford High School.”
A GoFundMe page was set up by Madisyn Baldwin’s grandmother, who told reporters that after the shooting their family looked for Madisyn on foot. She said that the young girl hadn’t been answering her phone and wasn’t in her last class when the shooting happened.
“This beautiful, smart, sweet loving girl was tragically taken from us all today leaving a huge hole in all of our hearts and life’s! This horrific day could never have been imagined or planned for,” said the donations page.
The GoFundMe has raised over $18,000 for Madisyn Baldwin’s family with a goal of $30,000.
The 17-year-old was a senior at Oxford High and had already been accepted to many colleges, some on full scholarship. She loved to draw and write and was the oldest of three siblings.
Hana St. Juliana was the third victim identified by police. Oxford officers are unsure who died first. According to reports, he fired over a dozen shots before being taken in by police.
According to reports, students hiding from the shooter used scissors to defend themselves. A video was posted on social media showing a group of students hiding in a classroom when the 15-year-old student allegedly came to the door and pretended to be a police officer. Frightened students fled through the window and were rescued by Oxford police officers.
The suspect, a 15-year-old student, is being held in police custody at a juvenile detention center. The teen is also being held on suicide watch. He has refused to speak without a lawyer present.
Police reports say that the gun, a 9 mm Sig Sauer, was purchased by the boy’s father just four days before the shooting at Oxford High School.
Officers have denied that the shooting was planned and have told people to ignore social media rumors that the student had threated the school before.
Many took to social media after the shooting and claimed that the 15-year-old suspect had threated the school and other students previously. The accusers claimed the administration had ignored the threats.
Bouchard said, “That’s part of our investigation to determine what happened prior to this event and if some signs were missed how were they missed and why.”
Police officers denied that a previous act of vandalism, where a deer head was thrown into the school courtyard and some of the windows were painted with red paint, was connected to Tuesday’s shooting. Officers said that the deer head incident was committed by a separate student and posed no threat to the school.
The police investigation is ongoing.