Emergency Lights (File)

Michigan Man Opens Fire At Splash Pad, Injures 9 Including 8-Year-Old Child

Emergency Lights (File)
Emergency Lights (File)

A 42-year-old man from Shelby Township, identified as Michael William Nash, is accused of a horrific shooting at a splash pad in Rochester Hills, Michigan, that left nine people injured, including an 8-year-old boy struck in the head.

The incident occurred on a Saturday evening when Nash allegedly fired approximately 30 rounds from a 9mm semi-automatic pistol into a crowd of families enjoying the splash pad. Witnesses reported the gunman reloading multiple times before fleeing the scene.

Among the injured, an 8-year- boy remains in critical condition due to a head wound. The other victims, ranging in age from 14 to 78, sustained various injuries but are expected to survive.

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Authorities later located Nash at a nearby residence where he had barricaded himself. After a standoff, Nash died by suicide. Investigators have not yet determined a motive for the seemingly random attack, and it is unclear if there was any connection between Nash and the splash pad.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County expressed his shock and grief over the incident, stating, “This is an absolute tragedy. These families were just trying to enjoy a summer evening, and their lives were forever changed by this senseless act of violence.”

The community is reeling from the incident, with many expressing outrage and sadness over the attack. The splash pad has been closed indefinitely, and counseling services are being offered to those affected by the traumatic event.

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The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are working to gather more information about Nash and the circumstances leading up to the shooting. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing issue of gun violence in the United States and the need for continued efforts to prevent such tragedies.

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