The 15-year-old student who went on a mass shooting spree at the Oxford High School, Michigan, USA, has been identified by the police as Ethan Crumbley, and has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of terrorism after four teens were gunned down at the high school.
The Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald, said on Thursday that Crumbley will be charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of terrorism causing death and 12 firearm possession charges.
McDonald said it is “necessary” to charge Crumbley as an adult to protect the public.
“Charging this person as an adult is necessary to achieve justice and protect the public.
“Any other option would put all of us at risk of this person because they could be released and still a threat,” McDonald said.
Preliminary reports say Crumbley had attended a parent-teacher meeting just three hours before the killings to discuss his “behaviour”.
Other students claim the teen gunman was bullied at the school, which is 40 miles north of Detroit, but police say there are no records of Crumbley being picked on.
Prosecutors report that a journal detailing his desires to shoot students was found in his backpack.
The death toll rose to four Thursday morning when Justin Shilling, 17, who had been fighting for his life in hospital, passed away.
Evidence has been gathered to suggest the massacre was premeditated and not “just an impulsive act,” according to McDonald.
“I am absolutely sure, after reviewing the evidence, that it isn’t even a close call – it was absolutely premeditated,” she said.
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