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Michigan school shooting: Ethan Crumbley, 15, charged with terrorism and murder of four teens

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Ethan Crumbley, 15, who is charged with murder and terrorism - Oakland County Sheriff's Office
Ethan Crumbley, 15, who is charged with murder and terrorism - Oakland County Sheriff's Office

A 15-year-old gunman who killed four fellow pupils in a school shooting in Michigan had reportedly posted a countdown on social media and written "Now I become death - destroyer of worlds" the day before the attack.

The suspected gunman was later identified by police as Ethan Crumbley, a bespectacled schoolboy.

Crumbley was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of terrorism causing deaths.

The FBI is looking into the social media activity of the teenager as they seek to establish a motive for the shooting at Oxford High School near Detroit on Tuesday.

Six other pupils and a teacher were also injured.

It was the latest in America's decades-long string of deadly school shootings, with over 50 people injured or killed this year.

Parents and children gather following the active shooter situation at Oxford High School - Reuters
Parents and children gather following the active shooter situation at Oxford High School - Reuters

The teenager used a 9mm semi-automatic handgun his father had purchased four days earlier.

Before the attack he had posted a picture on social media of the gun and a target.

Police said it was believed he brought it into school in a backpack and then emerged from a bathroom and opened fire.

A police road block restricts access to Oxford High School following the shooting - Getty Images
A police road block restricts access to Oxford High School following the shooting - Getty Images

It was not believed that he was targeting particular individuals.

He had seven bullets remaining when he surrendered to police in a hallway.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard said: "That interrupted what could have led to several more victims. The way I see it is, there were seven more victims in that gun."

shooting - Detroit Free Press
shooting - Detroit Free Press

Those who died were Tate Myre, 16, Hanna St. Julian, 14, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Justin Shilling, 17.

Myre, a promising high school American football player, died in a police car on the way to hospital after trying to disarm the gunman.

In a statement fellow pupils said: "Tate is not just a hero to his fellow students at Oxford high school but a legend.

"His act of bravery should be remembered forever and passed down through generations."

Michigan school shooting: Three teens dead and eight people wounded after pupil, 15, opens fire - Jake May /The Flint Journal
Michigan school shooting: Three teens dead and eight people wounded after pupil, 15, opens fire - Jake May /The Flint Journal

Fellow pupils suggested the gunman had been "picked on" and bullied. He was refusing to cooperate with police after the attack.

Sheriff Bouchard said: "He was shooting people at close range, oftentimes towards the head and chest. It's just absolutely coldhearted murders."

The sheriff said at least 30 shots were fired.

Aiden Page, a pupil who barricaded a classroom door, said: "We grabbed calculators, we grabbed scissors, just in case the shooter got in and we had to attack them."

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