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US: Several wounded in shooting at Detroit area water park

June 16, 2024

A man opened fire at a splash pad near Detroit on Saturday. The injured, who include children, have been taken to hospital, while the suspect took his own life, police said.

Officials with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, Rochester Hills Fire Department and other jurisdictions secure the scene of a shooting on June 15, 2024.
A shooter opened fire at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad park in Rochester Hills, MichiganImage: Katy Kildee/AP Photo/picture alliance

At least eight people — including children — were wounded after a shooter opened fire at a city-run water park in the United States Detroit suburb in the state of Michigan on Saturday, authorities said.

Police said the suspect had been cornered in a home nearby, with law enforcement surrounding it, before announcing he took his own life inside the home.

What do we know about the shooting?

The incident occurred at 5 p.m. local time (2100 GMT) at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad park in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where several families had gathered to escape the summer heat.

A man fired about 30 shots from a 9mm semi automatic Glock, reloading several times, as he stepped out of a vehicle in front of the park, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters.

A handgun and three empty magazines were recovered from the scene, the sheriff added.

The wounded were rushed to hospital, and their conditions were not immediately known.

Incident echoes 2021 shootout

Rochester Hills lies about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Oxford, which was the scene of a mass shooting in 2021 when a 15-year-old fatally shot four high school students.

"It's a gut punch, obviously, for us here in Oakland County," Bouchard said. "We've gone through so many tragedies, you know. We're not even fully comprehending what happened at Oxford."

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wrote on social media platform  X, formerly Twitter, that she was in touch with officials.

dvv/rmt (Reuters, AP)