A sheriff’s deputy tried to rush Tate Myre, a 16-year-old who had recently won honors as a linebacker and tight end on his football team, to a hospital on Tuesday after the teenager was shot at Oxford High School.
He died in the patrol car.
“There was no time to wait,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County, Mich., said late Tuesday as the authorities released the names of the three students who were killed. “He tried to load him into the car to get him as fast as he could to a hospital, and he expired in the car.”
On Tuesday night, more than 25,000 people had signed a petition online to rename the school’s stadium after Tate, who had recently earned an all-region award from the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.
Madisyn Baldwin, 17, and Hana St. Juliana, 14, also died in the attack.
At a news conference, Sheriff Bouchard said officials did not know whether the victims had been targeted. “We don’t know where he went first or why,” Sheriff Bouchard said of the suspect, a 15-year-old sophomore who has not been named.
Eight other people were injured, Sheriff Bouchard said, including a 14-year-old girl who was in critical condition with chest and neck wounds; a 15-year-old boy who was in critical condition with a head wound; a 17-year-old girl who was also in critical condition with chest wounds; a 14-year-old boy with serious jaw and head wounds; a 17-year-old girl who was shot in the neck; a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the left leg; and a 17-year-old boy who was wounded in the hip.
The sheriff said the wounded 14-year-old was placed on a ventilator after surgery: “It’s looking very tough for this young girl.” A hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday morning that the girl remained in critical condition, but had no further updates.
A 47-year-old female teacher whose shoulder was grazed by a bullet was discharged from a hospital after treatment.
In a message posted on Facebook early Wednesday, Sheriff Bouchard said he had just left the school and that it was evident from the scene that the lockdown protocols that the school had in place saved lives.
“My heart aches for families that will never be the same and a quiet sweet community that had its innocence shattered,” he said.
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