Case of college shooting opens up gun control debate in Detroit

A probable cause conference for Ethan Crumbley, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by officers in the hallway of Marygrove College in Detroit on Wednesday morning. The inquest began at 1pm, local time,…

Case of college shooting opens up gun control debate in Detroit

A probable cause conference for Ethan Crumbley, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by officers in the hallway of Marygrove College in Detroit on Wednesday morning. The inquest began at 1pm, local time, and will continue Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. No one outside the room provided comment.

On Monday, students and administrators at Marygrove College held a rally in favor of gun control in response to Crumbley’s shooting. The community was visibly somber during a prayer service following Crumbley’s death, many gripping hands while praying at the chapel’s altar.

On Oct. 22, 2017, Trevor Crumbley, 20, a student at Marygrove, was charged with shooting and killing Will Oehmler, 21, a classmate at the school, and critically injuring Delaney Whitener, 19, when they answered his cellphone and he said he had a gun. Trevor Crumbley’s defense attorney, Stanley Greenberg, denied a motion for a change of venue on Monday, arguing that the county’s sheriff’s office has continued to operate in place as the county’s law enforcement agency in the wake of the shooting. Greenburg stated that Trevor’s personal safety was in question and that the campaign to ban people under 18 from owning guns in Michigan had already increased his anxiety.

Detroit police department reports said that Ethan Crumbley was armed with a shotgun and a handgun when he shot and killed a 21-year-old Marygrove student before being shot by a police officer.

Greenberg called the police officer who fatally shot Crumbley a “brave soldier” for bringing the attack to an end. “When you shot the kid you saved 15 lives,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s a hero in this. I’d bet my house that [the officer] doesn’t know who it is.”

Groups for gun reform, gun safety organizations, teachers, and students protested outside the federal courthouse in Detroit on Wednesday after Evan Crumbley’s parents expressed outrage at the lack of information they had received from the FBI, insisting that there were more witnesses than the FBI had notified them of.

Speaking on Thursday, Tracey Crumbley, a Kansas City, Missouri resident, called the police report inadequate and said that she wanted the FBI to provide more information about the events. She also expressed frustration that the FBI had not made public any of Ethan’s letters to the shooter, seemingly corroborating her husband’s account of what happened. Evan Crumbley’s letters, his family stated, exist in a backpack that the FBI is not allowing them to retrieve from the house where they were found.

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