15-year-old suspect in US Michigan high school shooting charged as adult

CHICAGO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The 15-year-old U.S. student accused of killing four students and injuring seven at a Michigan high school has been charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder and terrorism.

An Oakland County Sheriff's deputy guards the parking lot of Oxford High School in Oxford, Mich., Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Photo: CFP)

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen D. McDonald said at a news conference on Wednesday that the alleged actions by the suspect fulfill the requirements for a terrorism charge, local media reported.

A video from the Oxford High School surveillance cameras shows Ethan Crumbley is seen with a backpack early Tuesday afternoon, and one or two minutes later he exited the bathroom without the backpack but with a gun in hand.

He "methodically and deliberately" walked out of the hallways aiming the firearm at students and firing, said Michigan prosecutors.

Law enforcement authorities believe the suspect fired at least 30 shots, as at least 30 shell casings have been recovered at the scene, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

The motive of his shooting remains unknown. Police are still investigating the case.