Tyshawn Lee: Teenage boy killed himself after shooting Michigan school

Police are investigating why a teenager shot at least two fellow students and his female guardian before killing himself at his suburban Detroit high school on Friday. Tyshawn Lee was at his father’s apartment…

Tyshawn Lee: Teenage boy killed himself after shooting Michigan school

Police are investigating why a teenager shot at least two fellow students and his female guardian before killing himself at his suburban Detroit high school on Friday.

Tyshawn Lee was at his father’s apartment a few miles from his Oakland County school and apparently shot himself after the bloodshed, officials and neighbours said. The 17-year-old, who was not injured, later died at a hospital, the county medical examiner’s office said.

The shooting came two days after 16 students were killed and 13 wounded in a mass shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. The gunman in the Texas school attack was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Here’s what we know about the shooting in Michigan:

Who was the shooter?

Tyshawn Lee was attending Grandville High School but was home-schooled, said Karen Qualls, deputy director of the Oakland County Office of Community Safety and Security. She didn’t have more information on Lee.

Police say he had a relationship with a girl he lived with, and there had been some other issues between them, but that hadn’t escalated to violence.

One student who got out of class Friday morning and saw a girl getting shot called her dad and told him to get her into a safe place, his wife said.

How did the shooting start?

Nobody has said exactly how the shooting happened. It was during an indoor recess and recess was not held, Qualls said.

The school had allowed students to exchange backpacks Thursday, but only those carrying backpacks had returned Friday morning.

Some students said they heard a loud noise but thought it was a firecracker. Others said they heard gunfire.

“The only way to describe it was like fireworks, honestly,” Kaleb Davis, 15, said of the sound that sent him and classmates fleeing down a hallway.

The shooting left a 16-year-old girl critically injured and injured a 34-year-old male guardian, authorities said.

Lee’s father, Trenton Lee, said in a phone interview that he found out about the shooting when relatives called him on Friday afternoon. He said he went to the hospital and saw his son’s body.

“I was there when they put him on life support,” he said.

At a news conference, Chief Michael Dunlap of the Grandville Police Department expressed his sympathies to the victims and their families, calling them in the words of one reporter: “just human beings”.

“We’ve been, in the past few days, again, seeing what can happen when children aren’t safe in their own environment,” he said.

School officials were meeting with clergy members to provide support to students and staff members, said Kraig Jajeh, superintendent of the Grandville Public Schools.

Once staff knows that everyone is safe, students will be released to their parents, he said.

What were police doing?

Teachers, staff and students were being interviewed about what happened, Dunlap said. Investigators also went through the school’s surveillance system, looked at the school’s website and interviewed witnesses.

Dunlap did not have a specific number of students who were injured, but a student who was shot has been released from the hospital.

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