During Crumbley’s arraignment, Oakland County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Willis told Judge Nancy Carniak that a search of the boy’s home turned up “two separate videos recovered from Ethan’s cellphone, made by him the night before the incident, wherein he talked about shooting and killing students the next day at Oxford High School.”
Willis added that a journal was also found inside Crumbley’s backpack “detailing his desire to shoot up the school, to include murdering students.” He added that a review of Crumbley’s social media accounts reveal he had access to a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022.
“It’s still hard to believe… The Ethan I knew was just a smart boy who just seemed like an average kid. There was nothing that ever stood out to me. He’d never get suspended from school, or detention,” Eli, Crumbley’s half-brother told the Daily Mail.
The scene during the shooting was as to be expected. It was panic and chaos, with video footage showing Crumbley walking out of a bathroom Tuesday afternoon and opening fire at close range on several victims. He attempted to open doors to classrooms, as students desperately leaped from first-floor windows.
Although police found two 15-round clips, Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe told the judge, he believed there was likely a third. Crumbley surrendered after about five minutes into the attack and willingly handed over the semi-automatic handgun, purchased by his father just four days earlier.
FOX 2 Detroit investigated Crumbley’s parents, James, 45, and Jennifer, 43, Crumbley. Both have misdemeanors, including driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and writing bad checks—none of which are charges that would prevent them from passing a background check mandated by the state to purchase a gun.
According to Daily Beast, James was “terminated” from his job in July and Jennifer was working as a real estate agent. She was also a devout Trump supporter. In Nov. 2016, she wrote a letter of support just after he was elected. It reads in part:
“Mr. Trump, I actually love that you are a bad public speaker because that showed sincerity, and humility. You changed your mind, and you said “so what”. You made the famous “grab them in the pussy” comment, did it offend me? No. I say things all the time that people take the wrong way, do I mean them, not always.“Do I agree that you should of shown your tax returns? No. I don’t care what you do or maybe don’t pay in taxes, I think those are personal and if the Gov’t can lock someone up over $10,000 of unpaid taxes and you slipped on by, then that shows the corruption. I like that you have failed. I love it even more that those failures taught lessons and made you one of the most successful Business Men in my history. I love that you are not from the political spotlight, maybe you are the hope that can really uncover the politicians for what I believe they really are. I have high hopes you will shut down Big Pharma, make health care affordable for me and my MIDDLE CLASS family again.”
She signed the blog, “A hard working Middle Class Law Abiding Citizen who is sick of getting f**ked in the a** and would rather be grabbed by the pu**y.”
McDonald, the prosecutor in the case, isn’t wasting time. She’s going after Ethan Crumbley and his parents. “We will be making a decision swiftly,” McDonald said, according to Fox-2 Detroit. Adding: “We know owning a gun means securing it, properly locked up, and keeping ammunition separate, and not allowing access to other individuals, especially minors.”