Michigan Splash Park MASSACRE: Gunman Opens Fire On Families, Leaving Community SHATTERED

By Greg Moriarty | Monday, 17 June 2024 05:15 AM
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A tranquil Saturday afternoon at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad in Rochester Hills, Michigan, was shattered when a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets, wounding nine individuals, including two children, before taking his own life during a police standoff, according to Gateway Pundit.

The assailant, armed with a variety of firearms, including a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle, disembarked from his vehicle and began shooting indiscriminately. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard identified the shooter as a 42-year-old local resident who discharged 28 rounds from a 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun.

"He is a White male, 42 years old, believed to have lived with his mom. She was not home. She has been notified. It’s our understanding that apparently he was undergoing some mental health challenges, but none that we’re aware of or were reported,” Bouchard revealed during a press briefing.

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The sheriff further detailed that the gunman reloaded his weapon twice during the onslaught, leaving behind three magazines and numerous shell casings at the scene. “He started firing once he was out of his car from the base of the steps, climbing the steps, reloading, and then was firing from the top of the steps in the splash pad area before he left, and appeared to leave in no rush. Just calmly walked back to his car. So it’s a bizarre situation,” Bouchard explained.

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Among the victims were two young boys from the same family: an eight-year-old critically injured with a gunshot to the head and a four-year-old shot in the thigh but in stable condition. A 39-year-old woman, related to the boys, was also critically injured with multiple gunshot wounds. Other victims included a 30-year-old female with thigh and buttock injuries, a 30-year-old male with a leg wound, a 78-year-old male with an abdominal injury, and a 37-year-old female with a hand wound, all reported stable. Additionally, a 40-year-old male with a knee injury is also in stable condition.

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The suspect was later discovered deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a home in Shelby Township. Sheriff Bouchard noted that the police had attempted to communicate with the gunman, who responded but never fully engaged in dialogue.

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“We believe within 45 minutes to an hour, we had containment on a home which ultimately had the suspect inside. Contact was made. There was some, I wouldn’t call it communication, but at least an acknowledgment that the person was in that home, and we had that person contained. We set a hard perimeter on it,” Bouchard said.

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The police deployed a variety of resources, including SWAT, a helicopter, and drones, in an attempt to peacefully resolve the situation. However, their efforts were in vain. “After a period of time, we breached the home and deployed drones to begin an examination of the home to make a determination if it was still a hostile actor, and we located the individual deceased in the home,” Bouchard added.

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Upon entering the house, authorities discovered additional firearms, including a handgun and an AR-platform rifle conspicuously placed on the kitchen table, suggesting potential plans for further violence.

“He didn’t have just a handgun on that particular endeavor. He had, obviously, what looks to be an AR platform and is still being processed, so I’m not sure if I had to guess. I would say it’s a semi-automatic .223, but I don’t know for a fact until that scene is processed,” Bouchard stated.

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The sheriff further speculated that the quick containment of the suspect potentially thwarted further violence. “But I believe that because we had quick containment on him, that if he had planned to do anything else, and it wouldn’t surprise me because having that on the kitchen table is not an everyday activity, that there was probably something else, a second chapter potentially,” said Bouchard.

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The sheriff confirmed that the suspect had no prior criminal history and had not previously interacted with local law enforcement. This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle with gun violence and mental health issues in our society.

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