At least three students were shot dead in a high school in the US state of Michigan on Tuesday. Eight others, including a teacher, were injured in the shooting in Oxford, about 40 miles from Detroit. The rest of the injured were students.
A 15-year-old student was arrested after the shooting. The semi-automatic pistol that the boy used to shoot around him has been confiscated. The shooter’s motive is unknown. He allegedly acted alone and was arrested without resistance after firing 15 to 20 shots, the police said.
The gunman did not tell the police and invoked his right to a lawyer after his parents advised him not to speak.
The shooting will undoubtedly rekindle the stalled discussion about gun ownership in the US. According to figures from the University of California, in 2019, the last year for which annual figures are known, 39,707 people were killed by firearms. The majority of these are suicides. Firearms killed 14,861 people in the US in 2019 or 37 percent of total deaths from firearms.
Only 0.2 percent of all firearms deaths occur in mass shootings in public, the University of California has calculated. 31 percent of all US households own one or more firearms.