The 15-year-old gunman, who shot and killed four classmates in the US state of Michigan on Tuesday, apparently planned his act meticulously.
According to the police, Ethan C. is said to have recorded a video of his murder plans the night before the crime. In the clip, the 15-year-old talked about shooting students at his school the next day, according to police officer Tim Willis at the first hearing of the accused before a judge. A diary was found in his backpack where he is said to have made similar threats.
The shooter opened fire on Tuesday at Oxford High School north of the metropolis of Detroit. Four of his classmates, aged between 14 and 17, were killed. Six other students and a teacher were shot injured.
The murder weapon: a 9 mm Sig Sauer. His father had bought the semi-automatic handgun only four days earlier.
Fatal terrorism and quadruple homicide
Judge Nancy Carniak ordered the suspect to be transferred from a youth facility to a county jail, where he would remain isolated from other inmates. The accused was connected via video.
Prosecutor Karen McDonald had previously announced that the 15-year-old would be charged as an adult. She said on Wednesday that he was charged with fatal terrorism and quadruple first-degree murder, among other charges.
In search of the motive
What drove the teenager to the horrific deed is still unclear. According to the police, he refused to testify. Some classmates are said to have claimed that he was bullied, reports the “Detroit Free Press“.
Three hours before the bloody act, there should have been a meeting with the parents and some teachers at school because the tenth grader had behaved badly.
Investigators scour his social media accounts to determine a motive or to see if there were any abnormalities.
On the profile information of an Instagram account with the name of the shooter, which has since been deleted, according to the news channel “Fox 2 Detroit”, the sentence “Now I am death, the destroyer of the world” should last. See you tomorrow, Oxford, ”confessed.
In 2017 the boy was featured in the local newspaper “Oxford Leader” when he spoke about a project of a primary school group on the subject of poverty and hunger. “I sometimes see people on the street who are homeless and hungry, and that’s why I feel that I should do something and help them,” he was quoted as saying.