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Lawyer: Parents of accused Oxford High School shooter returning to area after 'Be On the Lookout' alert issued

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Dec 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-03 17:11:45-05

MICHIGAN — A lawyer says the parents charged in connection to the Oxford High School shooting are on their way back to the area for their arraignment, the Associated Press reports.

The news comes shortly after police told FOX 17 that a "Be On the Lookout" alert was issued for the parents of Ethan Crumbley on charges of involuntary manslaughter related to Tuesday’s deadly shooting at Oxford High Schoo, hours after charges were announced.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Department's fugitive team, the FBI, and the U.S. Marshals Office were all involved in the search.

According to a press release from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, the couple's attorney contacted detectives to say repeated attempts to contact them had gone unanswered.

Earlier in the day, charges were announced against the parents. They are each facing four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Investigators say the suspect's father purchased the gun that was used in the deadly school shooting.

“The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy," said Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

On Nov. 30, officials say the suspect, Ethan Crumbley, opened fire in the south end of the school shortly before 1 p.m., killing four people and injuring seven. Tate Myre, 16, Madisyn Baldwin, 17, Hana St. Juliana, 14, and Justin Shilling, 17, lost their lives in the shooting.

Friday afternoon, a prosecutor described chilling moments that day when a teacher found a drawing of a gun, a person bleeding and the words “blood everywhere” at the boy's desk.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald says Jennifer and James Crumbley committed “egregious” acts, from buying the gun for Ethan Crumbley and failing to intervene when they were summoned to the school and confronted with the drawing.

Police say he returned to class and later emerged from a bathroom with a gun, firing at students in the hallway.

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