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Michigan Shooting Standoff Ends

Aired April 18, 2000 - 3:31 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, I'm Lou Waters at CNN Center.

The shooting in Lincoln Park, Michigan, outside Detroit, took the lives of two people. Three others at least were wounded. The shooter has been on the loose for the past three hours or so. The drama has ended.

We have our Detroit bureau chief Ed Garsten on the line from Lincoln, Park, Michigan.

Ed, how did it end?

ED GARSTEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, it ended rather peacefully. We're told by Lincoln Park Police Commissioner Andy Sageti (ph) that a SWAT team, consisting of police agencies from what's know as the Down River Community, south of Detroit, basically hit the door down, went in and got the man who apparently was doing the shooting. They say that he did not put a fight, there was no exchange of gunfire whatsoever, and they were able to apprehend him peacefully. They say they found him holed up in a 14th floor apartment that was not his apartment, but that they do have had in custody now and the situation is over -- Lou.

WATERS: Do they know if there are any more causalities inside the building now that they are able to roam the place?

GARSTEN: That's exactly what they are doing now. Police are combing the building, looking to see what other victims there might be. Within the last half hour or so, they did not know how many people were injured. We're told by the police commissioner that the end of this drama happened barely 12 minutes ago, so obviously, they are in the building now. They're combing the building, trying to see who else might still be in there, who might be injured and how severe those injuries might be.

WATERS: All right, Ed Garsten, Detroit bureau chief, keeping watch in Lincoln Park. The suspected shooter a retired country music singer and guitar player, had been accused by two of the residents of that building of sexual harassment. He had been threatened with eviction. He opened fire, police say, this morning at a senior citizens high rise. Two people are dead, three others at least are wounded, and you just heard Ed say, the search for more casualties is under way.

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