A 15-year-old student has been arrested after the shooting. A semi-automatic weapon has been seized, local police said. The shooting happened around 1 a.m. local time at Oxford High School, about 55 kilometers north of Detroit.
“The suspect fired several times,” said a local police commissioner at the scene. “We are sorry that three people were killed, probably students.”
The suspect was quickly caught. It concerns a 15-year-old boy, who did not resist during his arrest. He wouldn’t say anything to the police, his parents had advised him not to speak.
The boy is said to have fired about 15 to 20 shots with a semi-automatic handgun. “The entire shooting lasted five minutes,” said the officer.
The shooting will undoubtedly rekindle the discussion about gun ownership in the US. In 2019, the last year for which annual figures are known, 39,707 people were killed by firearms, according to figures from the University of California.
The majority were suicides. 14,861 people were killed by firearms in the US in 2019, or 37 percent of the total number of deaths from firearms.
Only 0.2 percent of all firearms deaths occur in mass shootings in public, the University of California calculated. 31 percent of all US households own one or more firearms.