2 children, 7 adults shot dead

ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan. – Nine people were injured, including two children, when a man opened fire Saturday at a wading pool in Oakland County.

The shooting occurred shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad at 1585 E. Auburn Road in Rochester Hills. Police believe the shooting was “random” in nature. The suspect was identified as a 42-year-old white man from Shelby Township.

Police said the shooter drove to the splash pad, parked and began shooting once he got out of his car from the base of the steps leading to the splash pad. water. He climbed the steps, reloaded, and continued firing from the top of the steps into the area of ​​the water jets. He fired 28 shots randomly into the crowded area, police said.

A family of three was among the injured. A 39-year-old woman and her two sons were hospitalized. The woman is in critical condition and her 8-year-old son, who was shot in the head, is also in critical condition. Her 4-year-old son is in stable condition. The other victims include a 30-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman, a 39-year-old woman, a 40-year-old man and a 78-year-old man.

The shooter reloaded several times and allegedly fired two handguns. Some victims were shot while trying to flee the scene. The shooter fled before police arrived.

An Oakland County sergeant arrived on scene minutes after the shooting and was called to 911. The department uses Live 911, which allows deputies on the road to hear calls when they arrive at 911 even before before they are sent to the agents. The sergeant heard the call on the radio and rushed to the water spray area, where he was there in less than two minutes and began helping the victims by applying tourniquets and offering them his support.

Police recovered a 9mm handgun near the water ramp, which was registered to the 42-year-old Shelby Township man. They were able to use that information to track him down to a mobile home park in Shelby Township, where he killed himself hours after the shooting. Police said they believe the shooter lived with his mother, who was not home at the time.

A rifle was discovered in the house where the shooter was found dead. “Because we quickly confined him, that if he had planned to do something else — and that wouldn’t surprise me because having that on the kitchen table is not a daily activity — that he There was probably something else, a second chapter potentially,” Bouchard said.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the shooter may have been suffering from “mental health issues.” Bouchard said police had no previous contact with the shooter and he had no criminal record.

Police are still investigating why the man decided to open fire on random strangers. They found no notes, manifestos or other evidence offering an explanation. The investigation will include establishing a timeline of what he did before and after the shooting.

Rifle discovered at home of suspect in mass shooting at Rochester Hills splash pad on June 15, 2024. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

Resources available for residents

Oakland Community Health Network mental health services will be available Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Department of Public Services building, 511 E. Auburn Road, for victims, their families and those who were at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad in Rochester Hills at the time of the shooting Saturday evening. No appointment is necessary.

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