The FBI, detectives and US soldiers are hunting the parents of a teen accused of shooting at a school after they are accused of manslaughter.
Ethan Curmbley, 15, detained yet attack Tuesday at Oxford High School, about 30 miles north of Detroit, killing four people.
Investigators say the used gun was bought legally by his father last week – apparently as a Christmas gift – and was “available for free” to the teen.
“The parents were the only people in a position to have guns,” said Oakland County District Attorney Karen MacDonald.
She said their actions went beyond negligence and charged James and Jennifer Curmbley with four counts of manslaughter each.
Hours after the charges were announced, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told CNN that police were looking for them after their lawyer said they stopped responding to messages.
“If they think they are going to run, they are not,” said Mr. Bouchard.
He said the “Fugitive Catch Team”, the FBI and the US Marshal Service are looking for them.
Ethan is said to have posted pictures of the gun on social media, writing, “I just got my new beauty today” and added
Ms. MacDonald said the heart emoji.
His mother posted the next day that they were “experiencing a new Christmas gift”.
It is rare for people in the United States to be accused of shooting by their children, although most obtain the gun from their parents’ home or another relative.
However, there is no law in Michigan that says that firearms must be kept away from minors.
Authorities believe the couple may be driving a black Kia Seltos SUV with the number DQG 5203.
The attorney general said Krumble’s parents met school officials a few hours before the shooting after teachers found a drawing of a gun, a bleeding person, and the words “Help me.”
Krumble was charged as an adult with crimes including murder, attempted murder and terrorism.
He allegedly got out of a restroom and opened fire in the hallway. Seven students and a teacher were shot before he surrendered.
Three of the students died on Tuesday and the fourth died on Wednesday.
The victims are Tate Mer, 16 years old; Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Justin Schilling, 17.
The school was closed after the attack, with children sheltering in closed classrooms while officers searched the buildings.
When he heard about the shooting, James Crumbley went home to look for the gun and found it missing, the attorney general, Ms MacDonald, said at Friday’s news conference.
He then called the authorities to say he suspected his son was responsible.