DEARBORN, Mich. – A gunman fired shots and barricaded himself inside a hotel in Downtown Dearborn after a dispute with staff members about money, according to the city’s police chief.
“There was some type of dispute with the hotel staff or the clerk,” Dearborn police Chief Issa Shahin. “It revolved around money.”
The shooting happened at 1:09 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 6) at the Hampton Inn at 22324 Michigan Avenue.
“We have the suspect contained, and we’re actively negotiating with the suspect at this point,” Dearborn police Cpl. Dan Bartok said.
Shahin confirmed the man is armed with a long gun.
One man was taken to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound. Shahin said his condition is not known. There aren’t believed to be any other injuries at this time.
Visitors and employees of the hotel were evacuated, but it’s unclear if anyone other than the suspected shooter is still inside.
Authorities said they don’t know how many shots were fired.
Police are asking all residents to stay out of the downtown area.
“This is a dangerous situation,” Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said. “This person is still liable to shoot at people walking in this area, so I cannot say it enough. This is not a safe area.”
Multiple officers from multiple agencies are still at the scene. The investigation continues.
Michigan Avenue is completely closed off, and state troopers are blocking the entire downtown area, they said.
You can watch the 3 p.m. (top) and 4 p.m. (bottom) updates from police below.