DEARBORN, Mich. – A gunman fired shots and barricaded himself inside a downtown Dearborn hotel after a dispute with employees over money, according to the city’s police chief.
“There was some kind of disagreement with the hotel staff or the clerk,” Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin. “It was about money.”
That shooting happened at 1:09 p.m. Thursday (October 6) at the Hampton Inn at 22324 Michigan Avenue.
“We have the suspect contained and we are actively negotiating with the suspect at this time,” Dearborn Police Cmdr. said Dan Bartok.
Shahin confirmed that the man is armed with a long gun.
A man was taken to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. Shahin said his condition is not known. There are believed to be no other injuries at this time.
Visitors and staff at the hotel were evacuated, but it is unclear if anyone other than the suspected shooter is still inside.
Authorities said they do not know how many shots were fired.
The police are asking all residents to stay out of the city centre.
“This is a dangerous situation,” Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said. “This person is still prone to shooting at people walking in this area, so I can’t say it enough. This is not a safe area.”
Several officers from several agencies are still on the scene. The investigation continues.
Michigan Avenue is completely shut down and state troopers are blocking off the entire downtown area, they said.
You can see the updates at 15.00 (top) and 16.00 (bottom) from the police below.
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