Michigan splash pad shooting: Nine including children injured, suspect dies by suicide

The condition of an 8-year-old is critical

Michigan shooting Officials with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, Rochester Hills Fire Department and other jurisdictions secure the scene of a shooting at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad | AP

As many as nine people, including two children, were injured after a man opened fire at a splash pad in a Detroit suburb on Saturday. According to officials, the suspect had killed himself after the incident. 

We have tracked the suspect to a home, where the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said officials. 

Among those who got injured, the condition of an 8-year-old boy, who suffered head injuries, is critical, said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. The boy's mother was also in critical condition after getting shot in the abdomen and the leg, he added. 

Initially, the authorities said they believed as many as 10 people had gunshot wounds from the shooting in Rochester Hills, but later the number was revised. 

The other victims, all 30 or older, were in stable condition, Bouchard said. 

The shooting incident happened just after 5 pm at a city park, where kids and parents arrived to spend time, especially at this time of the summer vacation month to beat the heat. 

Bouchard said the shooter drove up to the park and walked to the splash pad with a gun in his hand. Multiple shots were fired by him randomly, he said. According to witnesses, the suspect seemed to be calm and had also taken breaks in between the shooting to reload the gun several times. 

Many people fell, tried to take cover from getting hit and several ran amid the chaos. 

Police rushed to the scene after a 911 call reporting the shooting. Within two minutes an officer was at the scene, said Bouchard. 

Another weapon was found inside the room, where the shooter had died, he said. According to Bouchard, the suspect did not live in Rochester Hills and investigators do not yet know why he went to the splash pad. The motive of the suspect is still unknown, said officials.

Bouchard described the suspect as a 42-year-old white man and said officials believe he lived with his mother. 

Police cordoned off the city park area with tape and dozens of yellow evidence markers lay on the ground among colourful folding chairs.

Reacting to the shooting, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wrote on X that she was heartbroken to learn of the shooting and was in touch with the local officials. 

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