Chilling Video Captures Voice Calling To Students Hiding Amid School Shooting

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Video reportedly taken during Tuesday’s deadly shooting at a high school in Oakland County, Michigan, captures someone walking through the school’s halls urging students to come out of hiding while identifying themselves as being with the sheriff’s department.

But it was the person’s use of the word “bro” that ended up being a “red flag” to the students, prompting their quick escape through a back window, according to the video that was posted on social media and reportedly directly obtained by local station Fox 2 News from a student’s parent.

The video shows students at Oxford High School huddling together in a dimly lit classroom when a deep voice is heard calling from behind the classroom’s closed door.

“Sheriff’s office, it’s safe to come out!” the voice says.

“They said it’s safe to come out,” one student is heard whispering, prompting a “we don’t know,” from someone else huddled nearby.

“We’re not willing to take that risk right now,” a man, who appears to be a teacher in the room, responds to the voice outside the door.

“I can’t hear you,” the voice calls back.

“We’re not taking that risk right now,” the person in the classroom repeats.

“OK well, just open the door and look at my badge, bro,” the person on the other side of the door calls back.

“He said ‘bro,’ red flag,” one of the students remarks before the entire classroom dashes through an open window behind them. The video shows them crossing an open courtyard and going into another building, where a uniformed officer stands greeting them at the door.

A parent hugs a child as others come to pick up students from the Meijer store in Oxford, Michigan, following a shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday. (Photo: via Associated Press)
A parent hugs a child as others come to pick up students from the Meijer store in Oxford, Michigan, following a shooting at Oxford High School on Tuesday. (Photo: via Associated Press)

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, addressing the video at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, said an investigation into the incident has determined that the person outside the classroom door was not the shooting suspect.

“More than likely it was one of our plain-clothes detectives, and he may have been talking ‘bro,’ in a conversational manner to try to bring them down from the crisis, to say, ‘Come on bro, let’s get you out of the classroom, let’s get you outside.’ That kind of comment,” Bouchard said, adding that video surveillance does not show the suspect ever knocking on a door.

The shooting’s victims have been identified as a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, a 17-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy. Eight others were also injured, including a teacher. Their injuries include gunshots to the head, neck and chest.

A 17-year-old student at the school told Fox 2 News that they have had active shooter drills in the past, which helped during this week’s violence.

“Everyone was serious,” she told the Detroit station.

Bouchard, in a statement posted on social media, also said it is “evident from the scene that the lockdown protocols, training and equipment Oxford schools had in place saved lives.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.