Slammed Nurses Brace for Omicron ‘Nightmare’ in Michigan
For the last month, medical workers across Michigan have slogged toward another holiday season defined by surging COVID-19 cases, an almost surreal descent reminiscent of the pre-vaccine era in which the state emerged as an early pandemic hot spot. Cases have spiked dramatically and hospitals across the state have been pushed to the brink. Looming mass gatherings, lax mask-mandate practices, and stagnating vaccination rates already had doctors and nurses fearing further chaos.
The family of one of the victims killed by a school shooter in Oxford, Michigan released a statement Friday saying the tragedy left a "gaping hole" in their family.
"Our hearts are broken and yet still go out to the other families suffering this very same loss at this very same moment and which is beyond imagination, nothing any family should have to endure," the family of 17-year-old Justin Shilling, who was one of the four people killed in a school shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan this week, said in a statement. © Scott Olson/Getty Images A sign in Centennial Park shows support for the students and staff killed and wounded in the November 30 shooting at Oxford High School on December 2, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. Scott Olson/Getty Images
MICHIGAN TO HONOR OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Three dead, eight wounded in US high school shooting
A 15-year-old student opened fire at his Michigan high school on Tuesday, killing three teenagers and wounding eight other people before surrendering to police, authorities said, in what was the deadliest US school shooting so far this year. In February 2018, a man with an AR-15 assault rifle opened fire in his former high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17, in the deadliest-ever high school shooting. Shannon Watts, the founder of the group Moms Demand Action, called for more action to control firearms, saying there are 400 million guns owned by civilians across the country.
"The loss of Justin leaves such a gaping hole in our family that we cannot conceive of life without him," the family added. "His potential was boundless in life and yet in death he continues to give of himself as an organ donor. We feel the world can't have too much of Justin."
Seventeen-year-olds Tate Myre and Madisyn Bladwin were also killed in the shooting along with 14-year-old Hanna St. Juliana.
MICHIGAN SCHOOL SHOOTING: ETHAN CRUMBLEY'S MOTHER TEXTED HIM 'DON'T DO IT,' PROSECUTORS SAY
Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old suspect accused of opening fire at the high school, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
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“If I end my public-service career and haven’t passed a significant federal firearms-reform bill, I’ll consider my time in public service a failure,” Senator Chris Murphy says.The scene at Oxford High School on Tuesday afternoon evoked the April 20, 1999, Columbine massacre with eerie symmetry. Twenty-two years ago, such events were deemed “unthinkable.” Columbine yielded wall-to-wall news coverage in a way that this week’s Michigan shooting, and many others over the past two decades, have not. Even the ones that register as more than a blip eventually fade from the national conversation and public consciousness.
The sophomore, who is being charged as an adult, allegedly fired more than 30 rounds in the hallways of Oxford High School on Tuesday shortly before 1:00 p.m., killing four students and wounding seven others, including a teacher.
Additionally, authorities announced that Crumbley's parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, are each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
"While the shooter was the one who entered the high school and pulled the trigger, there are other individuals who contributed to the events on November 30 and it is my intention to hold them accountable as well," Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald told reporters during a press conference. "It’s imperative we prevent this from happening again. No other parent or community should have to live through this nightmare."
It was reported Friday that after the Oakland County Sheriff's Office was notified by prosecutor Karen McDonald that she was going to issue charges against the parents on Friday, deputies moved "to arrest the parents," but their attorney told authorities that they "are now unresponsive," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Fox News' "The Story" on Friday.
"Our detectives and fugitive apprehension team and the U.S. Marshal Service and the FBI — all of us are in concert looking for them," Bouchard said after police issued a "BOLO alert" was shortly after 1 p.m. CT to try and determine the whereabouts of the parents. "I’m confident we’ll find these two."
Fox News' Emma Colton and Louis Casiano contributed to this report
Michigan school shooting suspect posted direct threat on social media day before tragedy: lawsuit .
Oxford High School shooting suspect Ethan Crumbley made threats on social media before he fatally shot four students, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday against the school district on behalf of two survivors. Plaintiffs Jeffrey Franz and Brandi Franz are suing the Oxford Community School District on behalf of their daughters, who are current 12th and 9th-grade students at Oxford High School — one of whom was shot in the neck and one of whom "narrowly escaped" bullets "discharging toward her." The complaint was filed Thursday in a Michigan district court.