Chilling video circulating does not show Oxford shooter trying to enter classroom: Sheriff

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OXFORD TWP., Mich. (WWJ) -- There been a lot of talk about social media video showing the terrifying moments inside Oxford High School during a shooting that killed four and wounded eight others on Tuesday.

In the hours since the tragedy, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said it's investigators have been looking into and often debunking many reports and theories about what led to the shooting, and what happened on the scene.

On Wednesday, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard spoke about widely-circulated video footage of a chilling scene from inside the school at the time of the shooting.

In the clip, students are seen huddled inside a barricaded classroom, and a voice on the other side of the door claiming to be the “Sheriff’s Office” tells them, “it’s safe to come out.”

When the teacher responds that they do not feel safe enough to leave the classroom, the voice replies, “Open the door and look at my badge, bro.”


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At that point, those inside the classroom clearly believe that it is likely the voice of the shooter, and begin to scramble out of a nearby window and across the school grounds to another building. They are then greeted by sheriff’s deputies, who assure them that they are safe.

The sheriff said it was not, in fact, the shooter at the door... and really was a law enforcement officer trying to gain entry.

Bouchard said video shows that the shooter remained in the hallways. He did not enter, or try to enter any classrooms, the sheriff said.

So, were there prior indications that there would be a shooting? Bouchard told reporters they are still looking into that, amid reports that some students stayed home on Tuesday out of fear. But, he said law enforcement had no prior contact with, or knowledge of the alleged shooter.

Sheriff's officials said dispatch received over a hundred 911 calls about an "active shooter" at Oxford High School in Oxford Township just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Authorities released the names of the deceased students late Tuesday night: 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, 16-year-old Tate Myre and 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin. A fourth student, 17-year-old Justin Shilling, died on Wednesday.

The suspect did not fire on police and "offered no resistance" as he was arrested, according to McCabe. A semiautomatic handgun used by the shooter was recovered at the scene. Bouchard says authorities believe that gun was purchased by the boy's father on Nov. 26.

There is no known motive at this time, according to authorities, and McCabe said the suspect is not talking to police.

The suspect, being held in Oakland County Children's Village, a juvenile detention center, has since been identified as 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley. He is charged as an adult with terrorism, along with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.

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