Chilling footage shows students cowering in fear when a 15-year-old gunman opened fire on a high school in Michigan, killing four people and wounding seven others.
The video obtained by Fox 2 was recorded by a student during a shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township on Tuesday afternoon, according to the outlet.
It shows students barricaded inside a classroom after a suspect identified as Ethan Crumbley began firing in the hallway.
“Sheriff’s office,” a male voice is heard saying. “You can come out.”
One of the hiding students whispers: “He said it’s safe to come out,” to which another replies: “We’re not willing to take that risk right now.”
The voice behind the door responds: “Come to the door and see my badge, bro.”
That word sparked a panic in the classroom, prompting the students to flee out a window.
“He said bro. Red flag,” a student said.
Video from a student inside Oxford High School when shots were fired. Three dead, six others hurt. pic.twitter.com/qiyJ7qis43
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Sheriff Michael Bouchard denied rumours that the voice outside was the shooter at a press conference on Wednesday, saying investigators do not believe Mr Crumbley knocked on any classroom doors.
He said the voice was likely a real member of the sheriff’s department who used the word “bro” to sound conversational.
Mr Crumbley was arrested at the scene after firing more than 15 shots, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said at a press briefing.
Investigators are still working to determine a motive for the attack.
All four of the victims killed were students: Tate Myre, 16; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Hana St Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17. The injured victims include six students and one teacher.
Mr McCabe said the first emergency call was received at 12.51pm and that the suspect was in custody five minutes later. He added that more than a hundred 911 calls were made concerning the shooting.
As panicked parents rushed to locate their children after the active shooter situation was resolved, one mother claimed that her son had heard threats of a shooting before it occurred.
Robin Redding told the Associated Press her son Treshan Bryant, a 12th grader at the school, opted to stay home on Tuesday because he and his younger cousins had a “bad feeling” that violence could be coming.
Mr Bryant told the outlet he had heard vague threats about plans for a shooting “for a long time now”.