Woman accused of killing co-worker during argument at Burlington Coat Factory in Taylor

Two 49-year-old women involved in shooting

By Steve Garagiola - Reporter/Anchor, Derick Hutchinson

TAYLOR, Mich. - A woman is in custody Monday after police said she shot and killed a co-worker inside the Burlington Coat Factory store on Eureka Road in Taylor.

Police said the shooting happened around 7:05 a.m. The victim was rushed to Beaumont Hospital in Taylor, where she was pronounced dead.

An argument between the two 49-year-old woman began Sunday and resumed in the morning before the store opened, police said. Shouting and name-calling escalated to the point in which one of the women pulled out a handgun and shot the other woman, police said.

"The employees were coming in for work," Taylor police Cmdr. Richard Hopper said. "The store was not open to the public, and the employees were just checking in for work at the time."

Officers arrested the woman and recovered the gun. Police said she was waiting for them when they arrived at the scene.

"There were multiple employees at the store when this happened," Hopper said. "We are trying to interview all of them to get the details of what happened."

The woman has not yet been charged, but her fiance said he was stunned to hear what happened.

"I'm so confused, to where, it still is like a state of shock to me," he said.

He said it's hard to imagine a situation that could have provoked gun violence from his fiance.

"She's not violent," he said. "No parking ticket, never been to jail, never been arrested. She never had enemies. She doesn't look for enemies. She avoids all trouble. She doesn't need trouble. She'd be the best person you'd want to meet in her life."

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