Oxford Shooting Suspect's Father Bought Gun 4 Days Before, Police Say
Oakland County Sheriff's Office said the 15-year-old arrested after three students were killed at a Michigan high school had "posted pictures of the target and the weapon."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.
By Dan Whitcomb © Reuters/SETH HERALD FILE PHOTO: Community gathers to remember students killed in deadly shooting, in Oxford, Michigan
(Reuters) - Detectives plan to interview an artist connected to the Detroit studio where the parents of a 15-year-old accused Michigan school shooter were found following a manhunt, a local sheriff said on Sunday.
Andrzej Sikora, 65, will be questioned to determine what role, if any, he had in the disappearance of James and Jennifer Crumbley, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a written statement.
“We will vigorously investigate the totality of the situation so a determination can be made if there is any criminality or obstruction of justice involved,” Bouchard said. “Our findings will be presented to the prosecutor.”
Parents of school shooters are rarely charged
Experts say the charges against the parents of the Michigan high school shooter are "uncommon" but are a step towards accountability.Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald charged Jennifer and James Crumbley with four counts of involuntary manslaughter on Friday. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, is suspected in the Nov. 30 mass shooting.
An attorney representing Sikora, Clarence Dass, said in a statement to the Detroit Free Press that his client "maintains his innocence throughout this process and is fully cooperating with law enforcement to assist in their investigation.”
Ethan Crumbley, 15, was taken into custody on Tuesday following the shooting rampage at Oxford High School in suburban Oakland County, some 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Detroit. He is being held without bail and charged as an adult in the attack, the deadliest U.S. school shooting of 2021 https://www.reuters.com/world/us/deadly-michigan-school-shooting-baffles-police-young-suspect-keeps-silent-2021-12-01.
Four students were slain and seven other people, including a teacher, were wounded.
Expert: School should have flagged behavior before shooting
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The warning signs were there: A search for gun ammunition on a cellphone, drawings of blood on a school desk and a written plea for help. But on Tuesday, roughly 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Detroit at Oxford High School, the student in question was sent back to the classroom after a school meeting with his parents. Three hours later four students were shot to death and six other students and a teacher were wounded. © Provided by Associated Press Vanessa LaBrie holds onto her two children, Kiersteyn Fields, 10, and her brother Landon Baker, 8 , as they stand in their yard up the road from Oxford High School on Thursday, Dec.
Police, FBI agents and the U.S. Marshals Service began searching for James Crumbley, 45, and Jennifer Crumbley, 43, after Oakland County prosecutors announced manslaughter charges against the couple.
They are accused of purchasing the handgun for their teenage son as an early Christmas present and then ignoring warning signs that he was planning a mass shooting at the high school.
Detroit Police Chief James White told reporters early on Saturday that the couple had been found hiding in a commercial building on the city's east side, the site of Sikora's art studio. White said they had not broken into the building, but had been let in by someone with access.
Dass said Sikora contacted the Oakland County Sheriff's Office following the Crumbleys' arrest.
“Mr. Sikora has not been charged with any crime. Nevertheless, upon learning of the Crumbleys’ arrest on December 4, 2021, he voluntarily contacted the Detroit Police Department and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to provide information," Dass said in his written statement to the Free Press.
James and Jennifer Crumbley both pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter at an arraignment on Saturday and were ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
An attorney for the Crumbleys has said the couple were not attempting to flee law enforcement and had planned to turn themselves in.
A 14-year-old student wounded in the attack was released from a hospital on Sunday. One student remains hospitalized, listed in stable condition.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Peter Cooney)
Why Ethan Crumbley's Parents Face Manslaughter Charges When Only One Allegedly Bought Gun .
James Crumbley bought the gun Ethan allegedly used in the November 30 shooting, but his wife is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter.Some people have questioned why Jennifer Crumbley received the same four counts of involuntary manslaughter as her husband when McDonald has stated the father bought the weapon for Ethan.