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Oxford —The Oakland County sheriff's office said Tuesday afternoon it has a person in custody following an active shooting situation at Oxford High School. There were several injured victims reported by authorities.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe confirmed there were four to six victims.
He said the scene is active with multiple patrol units and EMS units, along with SWAT and an aviation unit.
"We have one suspected shooter in custody along with a handgun," McCabe said in a statement. "We do not believe there are any other at this time. No confirmed fatal shooting victims at this time."
Emergency responders could be seen bringing stretchers near the school Tuesday.
A mass of law enforcement from across the region descended on the Oakland County school, covering roads with armed sheriff deputies, police vehicles, ambulances, and other emergency personnel.
Helicopters hovered above Lapeer and Ray roads near the high school.
McCabe said students evacuated from the school were being reunited with parents or relatives in the parking lot of Meijer, 655 N. Lapeer Road.
He said police are in the process of doing a "secondary search" of the school for any additional victims.
The district alerted parents in a message via email: "There is an active emergency occurring at Oxford High school right now. Oakland County Sheriff's Department are on the scene and we have activated our emergency protocols and placed the school into lockdown."
Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police said he believes this is the first active shooter situation in Michigan in a school in the last four decades.
Shaw said there have been criminal shootings outside schools and cases of students bringing a weapon into school but he couldn't recall any prior active shooter situations before the one in Oxford Tuesday.
“This is the first one we’ve had as far as an active shooter goes from what I remember,” Shaw said. “And I’ve been here all my life.”
State Sen. Rosemary Bayer, D-Beverly Hills, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, calling the shooting "simply horrifying."
"On top of an already difficult situation with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our students now have to face this traumatic situation in a place that is supposed to be a safe space for learning and growth," Bayer said.
“My heart goes out to all those involved. I am working with local authorities to understand all the information and provide as much assistance as my office can," she added. "I encourage anyone with information about this situation to share it with the police, and I thank our local responders for their swift assistance and response during this difficult time.”
At Lapeer Schools, about 16 miles from Oxford High School, officials say they are in "secure mode" as a precaution.
Oxford High School is located north of the city of Oxford and about 45 miles north of the city of Detroit, southeast of Flint.
According to MI School Data, Oxford High School has about 1,500 students this year.
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