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Up to 10 people shot at Rochester Hills paddling pool; shooter “arrested”

Rochester Hills — Up to 10 people were shot at a Rochester Hills wading pool around 5 p.m. Saturday after a “random” gunman got out of a vehicle and fired 28 shots from a handgun in the roadside park, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.

The shooting occurred at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad, 1585 E. Auburn Road, in Rochester Hills, according to Rochester police and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

The shooter drove to the water park, exited a vehicle, opened fire with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol, reloaded, fired and reloaded a second time, leaving three magazines of ammunition at the scene, Bouchard said.

Police later confiscated the gun and magazines, Bouchard said.

Speaking to reporters near Rochester Hills Park at 7:30 p.m., Bouchard said there were nine or 10 victims in the shooting.

Bouchard said the shooter was arrested at a home half a mile from the park and police were in the process of assembling a SWAT team.

“This is obviously a punch in the gut for us here in Oakland County,” Bouchard said, referring to the deadly mass shooting at Oxford High School in November 2021. “We've seen so many tragedies, you know, we don't even fully comprehend what happened in Oxford.”

Police were able to quickly identify a suspect based on evidence at the scene, Bouchard said. Officers do not know if anyone else is in the house with the shooter, he said.

In neighboring Shelby Township, several police vehicles gathered along Hamlin Road and Dequindre Road near a residential area around 8 p.m., less than two miles from Splash Pad Park in Rochester Hills.

Stephen Huber, a spokesman for the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, said earlier in the evening that there were initially five or six victims of the shooting, but he did not know whether there were any fatalities.

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office issued an emergency alert Saturday night warning Rochester Hills residents of an “active shooter near Spencer Park” and urging them to “AVOID the area and SEEK shelter.”

The city-operated splash pad faces Auburn Road and is located between a T-Mobile cell phone store and Mozzarella's, a pizza place, west of the plaza. The streets near the splash pad were closed by police and emergency personnel Saturday night.

The investigation was led by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office, which is responsible for policing the city of Rochester Hills.

“We do not know if there are any fatalities and what condition the victims are in, whether they are men, women, adults or children,” Huber added.

Several political leaders reacted to the news of the shooting on Saturday evening.

“I am heartbroken to learn of the shooting in Rochester Hills,” Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on X, formerly Twitter.

Republican U.S. Rep. John James, who lives in Shelby Township, attended Bouchard's press conference and was seen at the scene earlier in the evening with Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.

This is a developing story. Check back to detroitnews.com for updates.

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