A 15-year-old Michigan school shooting suspect reportedly left a chilling post on social media before opening fire on his classmates and teachers at Oxford High School on Tuesday, leaving at least four dead and seven others injured.

The alleged assailant, Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with murder, terrorism, assault, and weapons possession charges. His motives for the crime remain unknown, but reports suggest the teen had been a target of bullies.

School officials said Crumbley had been displaying concerning behavior in the classroom, before the violent incident, prompting them to call his parents on the morning of the shooting for a meeting about the issue.

The day before the attack, he also posted what appeared to be a hint of the imminent rampage. He captioned “Now I become death – destroyer of worlds – see you tomorrow Oxford,” on an Instagram post of the 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 pistol he used in his premeditated crimes.

“It’s my understanding, again, that this was a recent weapon purchase,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said on Tuesday night. He added the suspect’s father bought the weapon on Black Friday, four days before the shooting.

“He had been shooting with it and posted pictures of a target and the weapon. That’s all part of what’s being looked at," he added. "We’re going to do a deep dive on social media and all the activities of this young man."

Crumbley had at least two 15-round magazines, including one with seven remaining bullets, when he was arrested. His father allegedly bought a third magazine. Police are yet to locate the item of concern, the Daily Beast noted.

“When they took it from him, he had a loaded firearm. He was coming down the hall. That again, I believe, interrupted what potentially could have been seven more victims,” Bouchard added.

Law enforcement executed a subsequent search warrant at the teen’s home, with Oakland County Sheriff’s Office investigators and FBI agents retrieving several items, including his phone and several apparent long guns.

By Wednesday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald confirmed that her office is considering charges against his parents, the New York Post reported.

The accused is being held at the Children’s Village and is currently not cooperating with the police.

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16-year-old Ethan Crumbley pleaded guilty Monday to charges of one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, and 19 other charges stemming from the November 30 mass shooting at Oxford High School. Matthew Hatcher Getty Images

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