by Jennifer Chambers, Mike Martindale and James David Dickson The Detroit News

Oxford — A five-minute rampage left three students dead Tuesday and eight others wounded in an afternoon tragedy that made Oxford High School the latest site of a school shooting in America.

The suspected shooter, an unidentified 15-year-old sophomore, was in custody, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said during a news conference. He was not injured. 

“Deputies confronted him, he had the weapon on him and deputies took him into custody,” McCabe said, adding the weapon was a semi-automatic handgun. “The whole thing lasted five minutes.”

Late Tuesday, the sheriff’s department said 14-year old Hana St. Juliana, 17-year old Madisyn Baldwin and 16-year old Tate Myre were killed Myre died in a patrol car as deputies attempted to rush him to a hospital, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

As of late Tuesday, a 14-year-old girl was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to her neck and chest.

“She’s currently on a ventilator after surgery, so it’s looking very tough for this young girl,” said Bouchard, who struggled to maintain his composure.

A 14-year-old boy was also in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

Other victims included a 14-year-old boy in serious condition with gunshot wounds to his jaw and head; a 17-year-old girl in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the neck; a 15-year-old boy in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his left leg; and a 17-year-old boy in stable conditon with a wound to his hip.

A female teacher, 47, was treated for a grazing gunshot wound to her left shoulder and then discharged, Bouchard said. The wounded are at three hospitals; McLaren Lapeer Region Community Medical Center, McLaren Oakland in Pontiac and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac. 

Oxford High is located north of the city of Oxford and about 45 miles north of Detroit.

A tearful Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined McCabe for the late afternoon news conference, telling reporters: “This is every parent’s worst nightmare.”

“My heart goes out to the families. This is an unimaginable tragedy,” she said. “I hope that we can all rise to the occasion and wrap our arms around the families.”

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