Detroit Shooter in Custody After Killing Two, Wounding One

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - A shooting spree in a Detroit suburb senior citizens' apartment complex on Tuesday left two women dead, one woman critically wounded, and the shooter in police custody.

The gunman, reportedly an elderly tenant in the apartment complex who fired a total of 15 shots from a hand gun, hid from police in Lincoln Park, Michigan, Senior Citizens Towers early Tuesday afternoon. He periodically shot out of the apartment building windows, according to WWJ Radio, before his capture by authorities at about 3:30 p.m. EDT.

The shooter was described as a 75-year-old man, the Detroit Free Press reported. His identity has not yet been released by authorities.

An unidentified man claiming to be the gunman's son told WJBK-TV that his father had never been violent but takes medication for his nerves.

"All I've heard is that he was wrongly accused of some sort of sexual harassment and that they were going to evict him," the unidentified man said. "I guess he just lost it. I don't know," he said.

Apartment officials had summoned the man for a meeting after other residents complained of inappropriate language, said Phyllis McLenon, deputy director of the Lincoln Park Housing Commission.

During the meeting, McLenon said, the man "was very dissatisfied and making threats. ... He kept saying he wouldn't have this character assassination and that he would take care of it."

"He was very upset, and was very upset with some of the ladies who were complaining about him," she told WDIV-TV.

The man left the meeting and was gone for about 10 minutes. The building's maintenance man then reported on a two-way radio that the man was coming back shooting, she said.

The gunman shot one woman in the building office and another in the doorway, McLenon said, as people scrambled for cover.

"One of the residents from the tower came down into the break room and started shooting with a rifle and killed my wife," a 69-year-old resident told the Free Press. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of family, according to
The resident said he and his wife were with a group of about five people in a building meeting room sorting through day-old baked goods donated by a local grocery when the shooter, who lives on the 14th floor, entered.

"We were all looking at him, when I realized he was shooting," the man said. "I went to a room where I thought I could get to a phone and my wife came down the hall after me. She started hollering at him to stop doing that and he just shot her."