Multiple injured, including child, 8, in 'random' Michigan splash pad shooting: sheriff's dept: 'Gut punch'

The shooting in Rochester Hills, a suburb of Detroit, appeared to be a 'random act,' the sheriff said, adding that the suspect has been 'contained'

Between nine and 10 people have been injured in a shooting on Saturday at a splash pad in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, with the youngest victim being 8 years old, the Oakland County sheriff said in a Saturday evening press conference. 

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said he doesn't know the status of the victims who have been taken to up to four local hospitals. 

"It sounds like we have nine, maybe 10 victims with gunshot wounds, victims of varying kinds of injuries," he told reporters. 

He said the suspect appeared to have gotten out of a vehicle, started shooting, and then left the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad in a "random act." 

The suspect is "contained," and law enforcement, including SWAT and other armored vehicles, have a perimeter around the home where the person is currently located, Bouchard said, adding that they're trying to get a search warrant for the home. 


Ambulance at the scene

Between nine and 10 people have been injured in a shooting on Saturday at a splash pad in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the Oakland County Sheriff said in a Saturday evening press conference.  (WJBK)

Bouchard said deputies were at the splash pad within two minutes of getting the call around 5:11 p.m. 

Shooting scene

Police investigate the scene of a shooting at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad.  ( Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Investigators recovered a 9mm Glock pistol and three magazines, meaning the suspect may have fired 28 times and reloaded "multiple times," Bouchard said. 


Police at scene of shooting

Sheriff's department officials at the scene of the shooting, which happened just after 5 p.m.  (WJBK)

"It's a gut punch obviously for us in Oakland County," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. "We've gone through so many tragedies."

Shooting scene

The youngest victim is 8 years old, the sheriff said.  (FOX 2)

"We’re not even fully comprehending what happened in Oxford," he added, referring to the deadly 2021 Oxford High School shooting.

Rochester Hills is about 15 miles south of Oxford, where a 15-year-old shot and killed four high school students.

Investigators at scene after dark

Investigators remained at the scene after dark Saturday night.  (FOX 2)

Later Saturday, Corewell Health said in a statement "Our hearts are with those who were impacted by the shooting," Corewell confirmed it is treating some of the victims, but will not be providing any additional details. 

Multiple people injured in Michigan shooting at splash pad: policeVideo

The sheriff's department has asked people to avoid the area of the shooting. 

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