The teenager suspected of a school shooting that left four high school dead in Oxford, Mich. Earlier this week had recorded a video on his cellphone of the murder of students, officials said on Wednesday .
Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with four counts of first degree murder and one count of terrorism causing death, among other counts.
After the shooting, investigators found two videos on Crumbley’s phone, which they said were taken the day before the crimes. In the videos, the suspect is talking about shooting and killing high school students, said Oakland County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Willis.
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Authorities also found a diary written by Crumbley, with entries mentioning shootings and murders of students, CNN reports.
He faces life imprisonment for terrorism and murder. Crumbley pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.
Crumbley faces adult terrorism charges due to changes in Michigan state law after 9/11.
The state’s 2002 Anti-Terrorism Act defines a terrorist act as an act intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to affect the conduct of a government through intimidation or coercion. Gun control advocates who track shooting incidents on school grounds were not immediately aware of similar terrorism charges that have been filed in other states.
“This is not a usual, typical charge,” Oakland County Attorney Karen McDonald said of terrorism causing death, adding that the four students who were killed and seven who were shot are not the only victims.
“What about all the kids running around, screaming, hiding under desks? What about all the kids in the house right now, who can’t eat or sleep and can’t imagine a world where they could ever set foot in this school again? They are also victims, as are their families and the community as well. The terrorism charge reflects this.
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Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said he supported the terrorism charge against Crumbley “100%”.
“If you weren’t hit by a bullet, that doesn’t mean you weren’t terrified that day and that you won’t have nightmares about it the rest of your life – whether you are. parent, teacher or student in this class, ”he said.
Judicial officials present at Wednesday’s hearing detailed the events that unfolded at Oxford High School prior to the shooting.
Crumbley’s parents had been asked to attend a teacher’s meeting on the morning of the shooting to discuss behavioral issues, NPR reports.
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According to CNN, two teachers had reported separate cases of disturbing second-grade behavior, and two meetings were held with Crumbley hours before the massacre.
Prosecutors told court that the Sig Sauer 9mm handgun allegedly used by Crumbley was purchased by her father days before the Black Friday shooting, and MacDonald said she was considering indicting the parents of Crumbley.
“We know that owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate and not allowing access to other people, especially minors,” McDonald said at a press conference. Wednesday, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Prosecutor Mark Keast said security video from inside the school showed the shooter entering a bathroom with a backpack and emerging shortly after with a gun.
Police said the gunman methodically walked the hallways, firing more than 30 shots directly at students and through classroom doors. Three people died on Tuesday and another died in hospital on Wednesday. Seven other people were injured.