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Police Confirm 2 Dead, 6 Injured in Suburban Detroit ShootingAired April 18, 2000 - 2:01 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: A developing story in the Detroit area: Police are trying to pin down a shooter inside an apartment tower, a home for the elderly. Authorities say the gunshots began at a building adjacent to Lincoln Park Senior Towers. They confirm at least two people dead, as many as six others wounded. Police believe the shooter is moving from apartment to apartment inside the tower.
Our affiliate WDIV reports shots have been fired out of the windows of three different units. Witnesses say the shooter is a resident, although police have not confirmed that. He reportedly was upset that other residents had complained about him.
More updates this hour as we move along.
Sheriff Robert Ficano is on the phone with us.
Sheriff, what can you tell us? Is this thing over yet?
SHERIFF ROBERT FICANO, WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN: No. Right now, everybody is putting their response teams in. I do know that there's negotiators speaking right now, and we're still in the process of trying to assess everything. Obviously, at this point there appears to be two fatalities, and we're in the process of trying to negotiate.
WATERS: You are in contact with the fellow?
FICANO: It's my understanding there's an attempt to negotiate at this point. That's about all I can say.
WATERS: We also understand there were shots being fired from the building?
FICANO: Yes, there were shots that were being fired.
WATERS: And what kind of problem did that create for you?
FICANO: Well, obviously, you're always concerned about the general public and people that were just out on the street at this point. But those areas have been secured, and now there's an attempt at negotiation and we're making sure that the area is clear of any citizens and we continue to negotiate.
WATERS: We understand emergency crews -- it's considered too dangerous for them to enter the building. Do you think you may find more casualties inside?
FICANO: That'd be purely speculation right now, so we're just trying to establish negotiations at this point then go further.
Sheriff Robert Ficano with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department on the shooting in Lincoln Park at the twin -- at the towers for the senior citizens. That's a Detroit suburb. We're continuing to follow the story and we'll move along with it as soon as we know more.
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