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Rochester Hills splash pad shooter found dead; nine wounded: sheriff

Rochester Hills — Nine people were shot at a splash pad in Rochester Hills around 5:11 p.m. Saturday after a “random” gunman got out of a vehicle and unloaded 28 gunshots from a handgun at the streetside park, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

Sheriff’s deputies later found the 42-year-old White male suspect dead at a home in Shelby Township after police breached the home with a drone, Bouchard said.

The alleged shooter may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound as police were surrounding the home, the sheriff said. Officers on site did not hear the gunshot.

The shooter acknowledged police attempts to contact him, but officials did not establish full communication with the man, Bouchard said.

The gunman drove up to the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad along Auburn Road in Rochester Hills, got out of a vehicle, opened fire with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic handgun, reloaded, fired and then reloaded a second time, leaving three bullet magazines at the scene, the sheriff said.

Police later recovered the magazine and handgun, which was registered to the shooter, helping lead investigators to the suspect’s home, Bouchard said. At the splash pad park, shell casings were scattered across the sidewalk and marked with yellow evidence markers for each bullet fired.

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