A teenage boy has been charged with terrorism and murder after a school shooting in Michigan, United States.
Police allege Ethan Crumbley killed four classmates at Oxford High School with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun on Tuesday, The Sun reports.
Eight others, including a teacher, were injured in the shooting.
The students killed have been identified as Tate Myre, 16, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.
Posts which appear to have been shared on his Instagram page show the baby-faced suspect also shared a picture of a gun just days before the shooting.
The caption appears to read: “Just got my new beauty today.”
Another post appears to show Ethan had a “countdown to return of devil” and wrote “now I become death — destroyer of worlds — see you tomorrow Oxford” on his Instagram page.
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.
Here is the social media account of the alleged US school shooter, Ethan Crumbley (aged 15). He had a countdown of when he was going to murder children, and this account was allegedly reported to the school BEFORE the shooting!
Other social media users claim that Crumbley posted a countdown on his Instagram stories. The countdown ended the day of the killings. The name on the unverified post matches his, but there are conflicting reports about what his Instagram handle was and several people who appear to be imposters have recently created Instagram accounts or are part of a group that celebrates his “work”.
On the purported Instagram story, which seems to have first been posted by a TikTok user flagging it, an image appeared that said: “Return of the Devil” with a little over nine hours showing on the countdown clock. It also referenced a “deer head.”
A deer’s head covered in red paint was dumped on the grounds of the school weeks before the 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.”
Locals alleged that the shooter was also part of this group that painted the school!
Crumbley, a sophomore, was previously flagged by administrators for “behavior in the classroom that they felt was concerning,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Wednesday. His parents had even been brought into the school the morning of the shooting for a face-to-face meeting about their son’s behavior, according to Bouchard. He wouldn’t say what the behavior was, and police weren’t informed about any potential issues prior to the tragic event.
Nathan Swanson, a 10th grader who was in some middle-school classes with Crumbley, told The Daily Beast that he was “really quiet, he would never talk to people.”
“He wore all black, I believe he was really into something,” Swanson said.
According to Philip Lewis of HuffPost, Crumbley’s school officials flagged Crumbley for “concerning” behavior in the classroom. “His parents brought him to school for a face-to-face meeting about their son’s behavior the morning of the Oxford High School shooting,” Lewis tweeted Wednesday.
A journalist at Mid-Michigan NOW tweeted that a parent told her that there was a rumor on social media that “something was going to happen.” She said the parent told her that “her son begged to stay home today from school.”
No information about a possible motive has yet been released by authorities, although some have speculated that Crumbley was bullied in school. (Bouchard said investigators have not obtained any evidence of that.) Crumbley and his parents quickly invoked their right to remain silent and retained a lawyer after the shooting, McCabe said.
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