Southfield, MI – Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire at a Marriott hotel in Southfield on Monday morning and fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and critically wounded her boyfriend.
Police said the incident occurred at about 9:24 a.m. on May 8 in the parking lot of the Detroit Marriott Southfield on Northwestern Highway, WXYZ reporters.
Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren said the victims had been staying at the hotel for a few days and were scheduled to check out on Tuesday, WJBK reported.
The preliminary investigation indicated that the gunman tracked his former girlfriend to the hotel and then waited in the parking lot for the couple to appear, according to the police chief.
When the couple left the hotel, the shooter approached them and opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle and shot his former girlfriend and her current boyfriend multiple times, WXZY reported.
Witnesses reported the suspect fled the scene in a dark-colored sedan.
Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital where the 41-year-old woman was pronounced dead.
Her 41-year-old boyfriend remained in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds, but he was able to give police information about the person who had shot them, WXYZ reported.
Chief Barren said multiple law enforcement agencies were assisting his department in the hunt for the gunman, WJBK reported.
“There’s an extensive manhunt for this individual,” Chief Barren told reporters at a press briefing late Monday morning. “We have identified a person of interest and will update media at a later time with a photo, but we’ll first work a few other leads.”
The police chief said the motive for the shooting was unclear and detectives did not yet know how long ago the shooter and his former girlfriend had broken up, WJBK reported.
Chief Barren said the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
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