Numerous charges inclulding murder and terrorism were announced on Wednesday against 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley in Oakland County for a shooting that killed four students in Oxford, Michigan.
County Prosecutor Karen McDonald said she would only say the suspect’s name once in order to keep the focus on the victims in the case.
Crumbley was charged with 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 for Crumbley. He is being charged as an adult.
“Charging this person as an adult is necessary to achieve justice and protect the public,” McDonald said. “Any other option would put all of us at risk of this person because they could be released and still a threat.”
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said videos have been reviewed of the shooter exiting a bathroom and brutally shooting, at close range, randomly at students and a teacher, both in the hallway and sometimes into classrooms.
The four students killed were Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; and Justin Shilling, 17.
Reports of the suspect being bullied are still being investigated and have yet to be substantiated, Bouchard said.