At least two people were shot and killed during what police call a “planned killing spree” across Detroit, according to reports.
The shootings took place in two Detroit-area businesses on Thursday, Feb. 1. The first one occurred at a business in Taylor, Michigan, at around 10:30 a.m., and the second took place at a Pontiac, Michigan, business, Fox2 reported.
The suspect walked into BSD Trucking with a semiautomatic weapon and opened fire, officials said. One man was killed.
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Then the suspect held a gun to a driver’s head, stole the truck, and drove away.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told the Fox affiliate that another person was shot and killed at Aluminum Stamping Inc. Eriberto Perez, 58, was identified as the victim.
The suspect went to a third business in Waterford, Michigan, just minutes later. He didn’t open fire there, but asked for a someone before leaving.
The suspect then stopped the truck and began opening fire at police officers in Waterford before driving off in the vehicle. Minutes after that, he got into a crash before getting out and opening fire at officers.
The suspect, who was not named, was taken to the hospital.
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Officials recovered an AK-47 rifle and “multiple, multiple” magazines of ammunition, Bouchard said.
CBS Detroit reported that the suspect is a 45-year-old man from Sterling Heights. His name and motive have not been disclosed.
Bouchard described it “a planned killing spree,” the CBS affiliate station reported. He said the suspect was out on bail for a December assault charge.
Local resident Chuck Clear saw the accident involving the semi truck.
“The next thing I know the Waterford Police Department pulls up — and I’m sitting here thinking it’s just a traffic accident. They jump out of the car and start shooting…they were shooting at each other,” he told CBS Detroit. “And then the Waterford Police Department shot the one guy, he fell to the ground.”
Bouchard said it’s fortunate no one else was injured or killed.
“When you’ve got a person, clearly, that stops in the middle of the road, turns around, gets out and starts shooting at police cars…He doesn’t care about anything or anyone after he’s already killed,” he said.
“The suspect appeared to know exactly where he was going, went directly into this building, made turns and through doors and engaged this one person only and then left,” Bouchard said.
Nick Verhey, who works at Assured Carriers, saw the man.
“He was standing right there and said, ‘What are you doing?’, and I couldn’t hardly understand him, but I think he told me, he said, ‘I’m not looking for you,’” Verhey told CBS. “And that’s when I slammed the door in his face and locked the door.”