PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A prosecutor has filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were charged Friday with four counts each.
Authorities have said Ethan Crumbley opened fire shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oxford High School, roughly 30 miles north of Detroit.
Seven students and a teacher were shot before Crumbley surrendered to sheriff’s deputies.
“The parents were the only individuals in the position to know the access to weapons,” Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald said Thursday. The gun “seems to have been just freely available to that individual.”
Meanwhile, police are searching for the couple.
The family’s attorney said the Crumbleys left the area the night of the shooting but were returning to be arraigned.
Crumbley has been charged as an adult with two dozen crimes, including murder, attempted murder and terrorism, for the shooting.
The semi-automatic gun was purchased legally by Crumbley’s father last week, according to investigators.
Parents in the U.S. are rarely charged in school shootings involving their children, even as most minors get guns from a parent or relative’s house, according to experts.