U.S. high school student who brought death to his school described as merciless
Steph Deschamps / December 2, 2021
The 15-year-old who died Tuesday at his high school in the northern United States was ruthless and showed blood-curdling determination, the sheriff investigating the latest U.S. gun tragedy said Wednesday.
He would shoot people at close range, often aiming for the head or chest, Bouchard said. The death toll, which worsened on Wednesday, is now four and seven people have been shot, almost all between the ages of 14 and 17.
Ethan Crumbley, arrested at the scene, could spend the rest of his days in jail as he is being prosecuted as an adult, local prosecutor Karen McDonald announced.
She referred to a mountain of evidence online, in video or on social networks showing that it was not just an impulsive act but a totally premeditated act.
Police recovered a video from his cell phone recorded Monday in which he announced his intention to shoot students the next day, a plan he had also recorded in a journal found without his backpack.
Ethan Crumbley appeared in court Wednesday and was served with several charges, including murder and act of terrorism.
His motives remain a mystery as he has not explained himself since his arrest and chose to remain silent at his court appearance. He pleaded not guilty through his lawyer.
The shooting, perpetrated in a school in Oxford, deeply shocked this small town in the state of Michigan, north of the metropolis of Detroit.
Many high school students participated in a vigil Tuesday night.
The gunman, carrying a Sig Sauer 9mm semi-automatic pistol purchased four days earlier by his father, opened fire shortly before 1:00 p.m. local time, methodically advancing through the school and firing at classroom doors where students had barricaded themselves. He fired at least 30 rounds.