Eight others were injured in yesterday’s shooting, with several in a critical condition fighting for their lives (Picture: AFP)
The three teenagers who were gunned down by their fellow student at a Michigan school have been pictured for the first time.
Hana St Juliana, 14, Tate Myre, 16, and Madisyn Baldwin, 17 died after a gunman opened fire on students at Oxford High School yesterday afternoon.
The 15-year-old shooter’s dad had bought a pistol just days before the attack in suburban Detroit.
Tate was shot as he tried to disarm the assailant, and died as deputies rushed him to a hospital in their patrol car.
Hana and Madisyn were both pronounced dead as emergency services rushed to the scene.
A 47-year-old teacher was injured but she has since been treated and discharged from hospital.
Seven other students remain in hospital, with four in a critical condition. Among those fighting for their lives is a 14-year-old girl who was put on a ventilator after surgery on her chest and neck.
Hana St Juliana, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene once law enforcement arrives (Picture: Facebook)
Grieving students and parents hold a candlelit vigil at LakePoint Community Church (Picture: AP)
Promising footballer Tate Myre, 16, died as he was taken in a patrol car to hospital (Picture: Facebook)
Police swarmed on the school at 12.50pm after receiving more than 100 calls of a shooter on site.
They managed to arrest the gunman within minutes of their arrival, with the help of a school resource officer.
The student, who was using his dad’s 9mm Sig Saur semi-automatic handgun, put his hands in the air as deputies approached.
Police said the shooter’s motive was unclear. Investigators are now combing his social media accounts for clues after spotting a picture of him shooting the handgun at a target.
Online posts suggested there had been threats of a shooting at the school of 1,700 students.
Madisyn Baldwin, 17, was also declared dead at the scene (Picture: Facebook)
Parents walk away with their children from a parking lot where many students gathered after the attack (Picture: AP)
Oxford Police Chief Michael Solwold said: ‘I never imagined the horror we witnessed today’ (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners took to social media to pay tribute to the three victims of yesterday’s shooting (Picture: Facebook)
But Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said they did not know about the rumors until after the attack.
A vigil was held last night at LakePoint Community Church in memory of the three teenagers who lost their lives, those who are injured and all of their loved ones.
Tate was a promising young football player who had attracted attention from college recruiters.
Sports videographer Elijah Tiernan tweeted: ‘I covered # 42 for his game this season VS Chippewa Valley, which he was a stud. Prayers out to the Oxford community during these tough times.’
A petition calling for the school’s football stadium to be renamed after the running back and middle linebacker has already gathered nearly 41,000 signatures.
Tate’s football talents had attracted the attention of college recruiters (Picture: Facebook)
A parent hugs a child as others come to pick up students after yesterday’s attack (Picture: AP)
Madisyn’s grandmother shared a post on Facebook pleading for information on her whereabouts (Picture: Facebook)
Before her family had learned she had not survived the attack, Madisyn’s grandmother shared a Facebook post pleading for any information on the student’s whereabouts.
Jennifer Graves Mosqueda wrote: ‘My granddaughter Madisyn Baldwin can not be located at all!!! Madisyn is 17 and a senior in this at Oxford High School.
‘Our family are out on foot trying to find her and bring her home safe. She is not answering her cell phone, or text messages.
‘She was not in her psychology class during the shootings. WHERE SHE WAS SCHEDULED TO BE. No contact with her mother, father, stepmother, grandparents, aunts, friends, or her boyfriend!’
In a Facebook post, Oxford Police Chief Michael Solwold said: ‘I never imagined the horror we witnessed today.
‘I saw the fear and tears in our kids faces as they were escorted out by us to safety.
‘Although our kids were in fear I heard many as they were running out with their hands up say, thank you.
‘It took everything in my being to keep it together to go back down the hallways to help clear classrooms.
‘There is not enough training in the world to prepare you for your emotions when it involves your children.
‘Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, the school staff and the first responders.’
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