Eight people shot at Rochester Hills splash pad in 'random' shooting; reports say suspect died at Shelby Township home – Macomb Daily

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett provide initial information on a mass shooting at a city splash pad on Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Stephen Frye/MediaNews Group)

Eight people were shot Saturday afternoon at a splash pad in Rochester Hills in what police say may have been a random event.

Around 10:30 p.m., WXYZ reported that the suspect was dead.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard provided a preliminary report on what happened along Auburn Road in the southeast part of the city. At the time, he said the information was very fluid and preliminary because detectives were at different hospitals learning about the victims.

It was 5:11 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, when a sheriff's sergeant heard an initial report of a shooting through a scanner app and responded immediately.

Bouchard, during his 7:30 p.m. news conference, said investigators were beginning to take the full picture of what happened, saying the number of victims, their ages and their conditions were being determined. Detectives and victims' advocates were speaking to people at four area hospitals.

“One of the people shot was 8 (years old),” Bouchard said.

Two Oakland County Sheriff's vehicles sped away from the scene after 7 p.m. Shortly before Saturday, the sheriff said the suspect had been confined in a nearby home. (Stephen Frye / MediaNews Group)

Meanwhile, police and officers were at a house where they say the suspect lives, trying to talk to him.

“We believe we have a suspicious individual confined nearby,” Bouchard said. “We are surrounding the house. We try to speak to this person with no response.

The sheriff's office later said the suspect was being held at a nearby home in nearby Shelby Township.

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