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“A uniquely American problem,” says Michigan Governor after deadly school shooting

A 15-year-old boy killed three fellow high school students and wounded eight other people upon opening fire with a semi-automatic handgun at a Michigan high school , and he was quickly arrested, police said on Tuesday (November 30).

One of those wounded was a teacher and the remainder were students at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, about 40 miles (65 km) north of Detroit, the Oakland County Sheriff’s office said.

The motive of the shooter was unknown, officials said.

Those killed were a 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, Undersheriff Michael McCabe told reporters at the scene.

Two of the wounded were in surgery and six were in stable condition, McCabe said.

The suspect, a sophomore at the school, was believed to have acted alone and was arrested without resistance after firing 15 to 20 shots, McCabe said.

The suspect divulged nothing to police and demanded his right to a lawyer upon being advised not to speak by his parents, McCabe said.

This is latest in a rash of U.S. school shootings will likely fuel debates about gun control and mental health care, with many states allowing easy access to firearms while mental health disorders frequently go untreated.

“This is a uniquely American problem that we need to address,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who rushed to the scene and appeared with McCabe before the media.

But Whitmer, a Democrat who has been harshly criticized by right-wing militias and pro-gun advocates, also told reporters it was inappropriate to discuss specific policies at the scene.

“I think we need to focus on the community, the families supporting all the first responders,” she said.

McCabe praised the school for its preparation for a shooting and an orderly evacuation.

McCabe downplayed reports that some students were forewarned of danger on social media, saying they were unconfirmed rumors.

(Production: Deborah Gembara)

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