THERE were several chilling red flags before suspected Oxford High School "shooter" allegedly killed four teens and injured multiple others, reports say.
Ethan Crumbley, a sophomore at the school, was charged with terrorism and murder after prosecutors said Wednesday they are “confident” they can show the crime was premeditated.
Ethan Crumbley has been charged as an adult for allegedly killing four students at Oxford High School and injuring multiple others
Oakland County prosecutor, Karen D. McDonald, alleged that there is a “mountain of digital evidence” against the teen and believes Crumbley had planned the attack well before it happened.
“I am absolutely sure after reviewing the evidence that it isn’t even a close call: It was absolutely premeditated,” McDonald said.
Prosecutors were also considering charges against Crumbley’s parents as his father bought the gun used in the shooting just four days before. The teen would post about it on social media.
“There are facts leading up to this shooting that suggests this was not just an impulsive act,” said McDonald.
It comes as:
Ethan Crumbley was charged Wednesday with murder and terrorism
Police said his parents were called to the school before the violence
Posts appear to show he had a "countdown" to the shooting
A fourth student died Wednesday following Tuesday's rampage
Police say the suspect's father bought the gun used on Friday
The students killed at the Oxford high school shooting have been identified as Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.
Justin Shilling, 15, who was in critical condition after the shooting, passed away from his injuries.
But there were several disturbing signs leading up to the horrific shooting that led to the deaths of these four teenagers.
Crumbley’s social media pages have given possible evidence that the attack may have been planned long before it happened.
In a post on his alleged Instagram account, Crumble had a “countdown to return of devil" and wrote, "now I become death -- destroyer of worlds -- see you tomorrow Oxford.”
The countdown ended on the day of the shooting.
The account also features images of horror movie villains such as Michael Myers from Halloween and Jigsaw from Saw.
The account handle is under Crumbley’s name but he may have also used the alias Black Death as it appears in his bio.
On the day before the shooting and just a few hours before it happened, Crumbley and his parents had a meeting with school administrators about his behavior.
Sheriff Bouchard said the school district had no record about the teen being bullied at school nor did he believe specific students were targeted during the attack.
It’s so not believed that Crumbley had any disciplinary issues before and had never been expelled from the school.
“There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” he said.”
It was after the meeting on Tuesday where Crumbley allegedly emerged from one of the school’s bathrooms with weapons and began shooting.
Both the sheriff and undersheriff emphasized that Tuesday’s shooting was unrelated to the deer head or any earlier investigation by their office.
“That was a different incident, different student,” Undersheriff Mike McCabe said.
But according to a November 4 letter written by Principal Steve Wolf, someone threw a deer head into a courtyard from the school’s roof.
They also painted several windows on the roof with red acrylic paint and used the same paint on the concrete near the school building during the early morning hours.
Without specifically referencing that incident, a second post on November 12 assured: “there has been no threat to our building nor our students.”
Video taken by students at the school shows them hiding in their classrooms, waiting for authorities to tell them it's safe
Crumbley's parents attended his arraignment via Zoom, it's believed the weapon used in the shooting belonged to his father
Bryant is a 12th grader at the school but stayed home Tuesday.
“This couldn’t be just random,” she said.
Bryant said he texted several younger cousins in the morning and they said they didn’t want to go to school, and he got a bad feeling.
He asked his mom if he could do his assignments online.
Bryant said he had heard vague threats “for a long time now” about plans for a shooting.
Bouchard said: “It’s my understanding that this was a recent weapon purchased, that he had been shooting with it and had posted pictures of a target and the weapon.”
Officers were later seen removing armfuls of weapons from the suspect's home after it emerged he allegedly used his dad's gun in the massacre.
Crumbley’s parents attended their son’s arraignment and haven’t allowed their son to speak with authorities, only through his attorney.
Police hope to get more footage from the school as the investigation continues.
A potential motive, the timeline of events and the relationships of the victims to the shooter are hoped to be determined via "thousands of interviews" cops are expected to conduct.
Bouchard said: "This touches us all personally and deeply, and will for a long time. This wound will never go away."
"We will leave no stone unturned in the investigation and finding out what lead up to it."
Oxford High School had been previously targeted by a wannabe teen bomber back in 2006.
Joel Thomas was questioned by cops after a search of his home allegedly found 16 explosives, plans of the school, and a “napalm substance.”
He was interviewed in connection to a fire on the school district’s property, according to The Detroit News.
Thomas, who was 16 at the time, was charged with three felony counts including possession of a Molotov cocktail.
He was sentenced to a year in a juvenile detention facility.
Crumbley may have had a 'countdown' posted on his social media in the days before the shooting
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