Oxford High School timeline of 'terror' from Ethan Crumbley's creepy posts & behavior meeting to bloodbath in hallways

FOR several minutes on Tuesday the halls of Oxford High School were filled with terror as a gunman opened fire on students, killing four and injuring many others.

Police said 15-year-old sophomore Ethan Crumbley came out of a bathroom shooting with a semi-automatic handgun, firing at students while moving down the hallway.

The four victims were 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana and Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling, both 17.

He was arrested minutes later after putting his hands in the air.

There had been a number of red flags and chilling posts in the days before the bloodbath, police said.

Here The Sun looks at the timeline of terror which resulted in the most deadly school shooting since the Santa Fe, Texas, High School massacre in 2018.


Deputies rushed to the school around lunchtime Tuesday and captured Crumbley within minutes of the shooting.

His father bought the 9 mm Sig Sauer gun last week, according to the sheriff.

Crumbley then appears to have posted about the weapon online.

The caption reads: "Just got my new beauty today."

Prosecutor Karen McDonald said on Wednesday that charges were being considered against Crumbley’s parents.

“Owning a gun means securing it properly and locking it and keeping the ammunition separate,” she said.


Investigators found that he had recorded a video the night before the bloodshed in which he discussed killing students, Lt. Tim Willis of the sheriff’s office said.

“This was not just an impulsive act,” McDonald told reporters.

Crumbley is also said to have written about murdering classmates in a journal and on his phone.


An Instagram page believed to have belonged to Crumbley also appears to show Ethan had a "countdown to return of devil" and wrote, "now I become death — destroyer of worlds — see you tomorrow Oxford." 

There were “two separate videos recovered from Ethan’s cellphone made by him the night before the incident, wherein he talked about shooting and killing students the next day at Oxford High School,” Willis said.

His journal “detail[ed] his desire to shoot up the school, to include murdering students," the court heard on Wednesday.

Assistant prosecutor Marc Keast said Crumbley – who has pleaded not guilty – "deliberately brought the handgun that day with the intent to murder as many students as he could."

And prosecutor Karen McDonald said the shooting was premeditated, based on a “mountain of digital evidence” against Crumbley.


Crumbley was called into a meeting with his parents and school officials about his behavior hours before the deadly shooting, officials revealed.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said there was no report of the suspect being bullied at school.  

Bouchard says that Crumbley had two “discipline meetings” at the school. One the day before and the day of the shooting. 

"There is nothing that he could have faced that would warrant senseless, absolutely brutal violence on other kids,” he said.


In court, assistant prosecutor Marc Keast said Crumbley entered a bathroom with a backpack and came out with a semi-automatic handgun, firing at students while moving down the hallway. 

He is said to have fired 30 rounds from the gun bought by his dad days earlier.

The four victims were named as 16-year-old Tate Myre, 14-year-old Hana St. Juliana, and Madisyn Baldwin and Justin Shilling, both 17.

Three students were in hospitals Wednesday night, including a 17-year-old girl in critical condition, the sheriff’s office said.

Others who were injured were discharged.

Deputies rushed to the school around lunchtime Tuesday and captured the gunman within minutes of the shooting.


Crumbley – who has pleaded not guilty – was arraigned by video conference on Wednesday and was accompanied by his parents on the call.

He will be transferred from a juvenile detention center to Oakland County's adult jail, where he'll be sequestered and put under suicide watch.

Crumbley faces lengthy list of charges against him including terrorism causing death, first-degree murder and assault with intent to murder.

He will be tried as an adult, prosecutors confirmed on Wednesday.

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