The three victims of a high school shooting in the US have been identified as distressing video emerges of students fearing the gunman was trying to get into one of the classrooms.
A 15-year-old student opened fire at Oxford High School, north of Detroit, on Tuesday (local time) killing three teenagers and injuring eight more. One of the eight injured, a 14-year-old girl, remains on a ventilator.
The alleged shooter is said to be a student at the school. He has not been publicly named and police said he is not talking with investigators. Police said he used a 9mm Sig Sauer gun, which was purchased by his dad four days before the shooting and he was carrying seven rounds of ammunition.
The three victims were named as Tate Myre, 16, Hana St Juliana, 14 and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Tate was said to be a talented football player. Matt Johnson, 17, told The New York Post he played against him.
“He inspired many people and was loved by many people,” Matt told the paper.
Madisyn’s family told ClickOnDetroit she was the eldest of three siblings and was an artist who had already been accepted into several universities. She was due to graduate.
Video of man asking to enter classroom
A TikTok video shows a person trying to enter a classroom saying they are from the sheriff's office. Students were worried it was the gunman impersonation an officer.
The darkened room was full of students, some huddled together and others seated on the ground.
“Yes?” a male teacher yells out noticing someone’s at the door.
“Sheriff’s office,” another male says from the other side of the door, “it’s safe to come out”.
“We’re not willing to take that risk right now,” the teacher says, fearing it is not a police officer.
“I can’t hear you,” the other male yells.
“We’re not taking that risk right now.”
“Well, open the door and look at my badge, bro,” he says.
The students in the room panic because he said “bro”.
“He said ‘bro’. Red flag,” one of the male students says.
The students stand up and run towards the back window.
They jump out the window and into the snow. They run across the courtyard and into another wing of the school, greeted by an armed police officer.
“Slow down. You’re fine,” he says.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard spoke about the viral video initially saying the gunman did try and breach classroom doors.
He later told the Detroit Free Press the department confirmed the person at the door was likely a law enforcement officer.
with The Associated Press
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