In a deadly Michigan school shooting, a gunman opened fire on students, killing 3 innocent children and injuring multiple on Tuesday afternoon. In a horrific incident of survival, students had to scramble for desks and chairs to barricade themselves from the gunshots.

One student described the incident to a CNN reporter, “We heard two gunshots and after that, my teacher ran into the room, locked it, we barricaded and then we covered the windows and hid.”

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, in a statement after the Michigan school shooting response, told the press about the casualties and the horrific emergency after hundreds of calls were recorded at 911. The three students killed in the shooting have been identified as Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Tate Myre, 16. Myre was transported in a petrol car due to the severity of his wound by Sheriff Bouchard himself, but he, unfortunately, died in the car.

The suspect in the Michigan school shooting is reported to be a sophomore student from the school, who is currently in custody. He is being held at a juvenile detention facility, Oakland County Children’s Village, currently placed on suicide watch. The identity of the suspect or other biographical details is all kept under the wraps. Initially, after being taken into custody, he refused to speak to the police while in the presence of his parents.

Sheriff Bouchard said, “The person that’s got the most insight into the motive is not talking,” meanwhile, the family has filed for a lawyer. A  9-millimeter Sig Sauer handgun was used in the Michigan school shooting. The suspect’s father bought the gun only four days earlier, the investigation has revealed. The weapon had 15 round magazines and 7 bullets remained in the gun after his shooting spree.

Students had heartbreaking statements regarding the incident, with one saying, “We grabbed calculators, we grabbed scissors just in case the shooter got in and we had to attack them,”

This Michigan school shooting is devastating due to its commonality in the country. An Education Week survey updated on November 30, 2021, showed this year had 28 school shootings. This is horrifying considering how many days schools have stayed closed due to Covid restrictions. The data also shows 57 people be killed or injured in such school shootings. Out of the total 9 killed, 7 have been children/students and 2, employees.

Mass shootings have been common in the U.S. for a while now, with news breaking almost every other day. From grocery stores, nail salons, to schools and other workplaces, none of them are considered safe now, not for adults or children, as illustrated through the data.