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Evidence and Investigation

  • A school security officer described the process of securing and syncing video footage from over 100 cameras in Oxford High School after the shooting.
  • The security officer confirmed that James and Jennifer Crumbley were at Oxford High School on the day of the shooting.
  • The forensic investigation included reviewing evidence from James and Jennifer Crumbley's phones, the shooter's phone, and their social media accounts.
  • Text message conversations between the shooter and another individual stood out due to the high volume of messages exchanged.
  • There were over 20,000 text messages between the shooter and his friend from January to mid-October 2021.
  • Some of the images shared in the text message thread depicted firearms.
  • On August 19th, 2021, the shooter sent videos of himself handling a handgun to his friend.
  • Location history data showed that the shooter and his mother were at the family home when the videos were taken.
  • James Crumbley purchased a 9mm handgun on November 26, 2021, between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.
  • Metadata from a photograph taken on the shooter's phone shows that he was holding the purchased handgun at his home at 10:03 p.m. on November 26th.
  • The shooter posted pictures of the firearm on Instagram with the caption "just got my new Beauty today hardye Emoji 6our 9mm ask questions I will answer."
  • James and Jennifer Crumbley followed the shooter's Instagram account.
  • Jennifer Crumbley posted photos of her son shooting a 9mm handgun on Instagram at 2:02 p.m. on November 27, 2021.
  • Cached data indicates that an image was opened on the phone at some point, but it may have been deleted later.
  • James Crumbley's phone call history showed no calls to any doctor, hospital, or medical provider from the time he left for the school on November 30th until the shooting occurred.
  • James Crumbley's web history showed no research on 9mm handguns.

Events on November 30th, 2021

  • At 7:46 a.m., Ethan was dropped off at school by his father, James Crumbley.
  • At 9:04 a.m., Jennifer Crumbley arrived at work and received a phone call from the school at 9:24 a.m. She returned the call at 9:27 a.m., and the conversation lasted for almost 6 minutes.
  • At 9:31 a.m., Jennifer Crumbley received a screenshot of Ethan's math homework with a concerning message from his teacher.
  • At 9:33 a.m., Jennifer Crumbley called James Crumbley and sent him the altered math worksheet. James responded with concern and asked if she had spoken to Ethan.
  • At 10:04 a.m., Jennifer Crumbley messaged James saying she was heading to the school because she was very concerned.
  • At approximately 10:30 a.m., Jennifer and James Crumbley arrived at Oxford High School separately.
  • At 10:52 a.m., the shooter leaves the office, followed by James Crumbley at 10:53 a.m.
  • At 11:00 a.m., James Crumbley's location data shows him at the Meijer store down the street from the school.
  • James Crumbley logs on to DoorDash at 11:00 a.m. and makes four deliveries before the shooting.
  • The shooting starts at 12:51 p.m.
  • At 1:09 p.m., James Crumbley receives an email from Oxford Community Schools about the active emergency.
  • He calls the shooter, Ethan, at 1:13 p.m. and again at 1:17 p.m.
  • After the second call, James Crumbley leaves the Meijer parking lot.
  • He calls Jennifer at 1:15 p.m., and they have a 10-minute and 19-second phone conversation.
  • James Crumbley arrives home at 1:20 p.m., while Jennifer is still on the move but not yet home.
  • Jennifer Crumbley sent a text message to her boss at 1:23 p.m. on November 30th, stating that the gun and bullets were gone and that her son might be the shooter.
  • James Crumbley called 9

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