Four teens were killed in the Oxford High School shooting. They were identified as 17-year-old Madisyn Baldwin, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and 16-year-old Tate Myre, officials said. A fourth victim, 17-year-old Justin Shilling, died a day after the shooting.
The suspect is a 15-year-old sophomore, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said at a press conference. He is being held in juvenile custody while the district attorney reviews the case to make a determination on whether he will be charged as an adult, McCabe said. He has not been identified.
The three teens were killed in the shooting in Oakland County, Michigan just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021. An additional seven people, including one teacher, were injured in the shooting, officials said.
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Baldwin Would Have Graduated in 2022 & She Had Been Accepted Into Several Colleges
Baldwin was preparing for the next steps in her life as she expected to graduate high school and move on to college, her family told Click on Detroit.
“Her family said she had already been accepted into several colleges, some with a full scholarship,” Click on Detroit reported.
Her family told the news outlet she loved to draw, read and write. She was the oldest of three siblings, the family said.
“She had a younger half brother and two sisters she loved dearly,” the news outlet reported.
A GoFundMe started by Baldwin’s grandmother and verified by a GoFundMe spokeswoman had raised nearly $60,000 as of 7 p.m. December 1, 2021.
“When there’s an unspeakable tragedy like this, people have a deep urge to help and provide comfort to those affected,” the GoFundMe spokeswoman said in a statement provided to Heavy. “Our top priority is to ensure the safety of our giving community and to ensure every dollar donated on GoFundMe goes to the right place and into the hands of those in need.”
The grandmother, Jennifer Graves Mosqueda, wrote that she was “lost for words.”
Hello, my name is Jennifer and also known as GiGi to Madisyn.( My beautiful granddaughter) Today has been absolutely unbelievable for all involved. Im lost for words and no good at asking for help…however I’m reaching out to all of you…my friends, family and loved ones to help in anyway you can. This unbelievable tragedy could never be planned for or expected by any of us. My daughter and son-in-law would never ask for anything during this time, however I want them to be able to be with each other, their other children and family during this time without worrying about work, bills and arrangements. Every little bit will help!! Thank you all
Myre Was a Football Player Who Had Recently Been Recognized
Myre was a linebacker and tight end on his school’s football team, according to his athlete profile. He had recently earned an all-region award from the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
Ross Wingert, the Wildcats head coach, gushed about Myre to the Oxford Leader in April after Myre represented the school in the state wrestling finals.
Tate Myre, very, very special athlete, there’s no doubt about that. I think he’s sort of one of those ‘next guys’ for Oxford, where, in multiple sports, he works hard enough, and people see that in him where there’s a lot of people expecting him to do well.
“What’s more important than anything about that is Tate is learning how to expect that of himself. It’s a pretty quick change, if you really think about it, where you had a freshman that made it to states in wrestling, he starts as a sophomore at tailback and on defense in football and is chosen to do that by a high-level staff, and he’s learning earlier than most that he needs to expect to win and have success.
Man, has he really come a long way. This last month has been extremely beneficial for him, he’s spent most of this year being a fantastic teammate in wrestling up at 215, which, that’s quite a jump. When you’re talking about a guy that comes down at 215 to make weight, that could be a 25, 30-pound jump. So, most of his record throughout the regular season was wrestling for the team at an upper weight class. Now, he’s down at his weight class and he’s doing a great job.
Sheriff Mike Bouchard said in a news conference at 10 p.m. Tuesday that a deputy placed Myre in his patrol car and rushed him to the hospital, but the teen died on the way there.
“There was no time to wait,” Bouchard said. “He tried to load him in the car to get him as fast as he could to a hospital, and he expired in the car.”
St. Juliana Was the Youngest of the Students Killed at Oxford High School
St. Juliana was the youngest of the students who died in the Oxford High School shooting. She was 14 years old when she was fatally shot on a school day.
Three of the injured students are hospitalized and in critical condition Tuesday night, Bouchard said. They were identified only as a 17-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy. He said the outlook was “looking very tough” for the 14-year-old girl, who was shot in the neck and chest.
He said she was on a ventilator and undergoing emergency surgery.
Bouchard said a 14-year-old boy was in serious condition at the time of the evening press conference. The boy suffered gunshot wounds to the jaw and head. A 15-year-old boy, 17-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl were all in stable condition at the time, he said.
The injured teacher, 47, suffered a graze to her shoulder and was discharged from the hospital, he said.
The district attorney will determine whether the alleged shooter will be charged as an adult, McCabe said at an evening news conference. McCabe said the suspect asked for an attorney.
He also addressed rumors that there was a prior threat made by the student that was ignored by officials, and said there was no evidence to support that.
“Please don’t believe everything you hear,” he said.
Shilling Died at a Local Hospital the Morning After the Shooting
The sheriff’s office said Justin Shilling died of his injuries about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac.
A Surviving Student Recalled Seeing Students Running in the Snow & Then Hearing Gunfire
Norah Wright, a junior at Oxford High School, told WWJ 950 she looked out the window to see students running outside in the snow shortly after her afternoon class began. At first, she said, her classmates were in a state of confusion, but then, they head gunshots, she told the radio station.
“Everyone was just kind of confused about what they were doing…and then we kept hearing gunshots,” Wright told WWJ 950. “And then we immediately went under the desks and our teacher locked the door.”
“It was a few (gunshots) and then it stopped for a second, and then there were more,” she continued. “And it did that a few times, and there was nothing else.”
McCabe said in the evening news conference that the students evacuated in an orderly fashion.
He said the school “did everything right,” he said. “Everybody remained in place, they barricaded themselves.”