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Dispute Sets off Senior Tower Shooting Rampage Outside Detroit

Aired April 19, 2000 - 1:39 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: Twenty-four hours ago, a man with a gun was on a rampage in a senior citizen highrise outside Detroit. We brought you that story live, you may recall, as SWAT teams surrounded the building. Now the alleged gunman is in custody.

And CNN's Ed Garsten reports from Lincoln Park, Michigan.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

ED GARSTEN, CNN DETROIT BUREAU CHIEF (voice-over): Police say a 56-year-old resident of this senior citizen tower opened fire after storming out of a meeting between tenants and management.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard about 10 rapid shots.

GARSTEN: A man who said he was the gunman's son said his father was incensed over charges leveled by two residents.

KENNETH MILLER JR., ALLEGED GUNMAN'S SON: Apparently there was some harassment -- sexual harassment allegations towards him from some elderly females in the complex, and which he says were not true. And they were going to evict him.

GARSTEN: Two people were killed, including one member of the Lincoln Park Housing Commission.

THOMAS BAIZE, PRESIDENT, LINCOLN PARK HOUSING COMMISSION: Her and her husband every Tuesday came with cakes and cookies and breads and stuff from the various grocery stores that were day-old or two- day-old or whatever and they brought it for the seniors, and that's what they were doing there today.

GARSTEN: Resident Peggy Gonzalez encountered one of the victims who was wounded.

PEGGY GONZALEZ, RESIDENT: I just came downstairs and saw -- we saw a bullet hole in the door and the glass was broken. And then we went in the rec room and saw blood and saw Mary, and she was bleeding.

GARSTEN: During the four-and-a-half-hour standoff, the gunman peppered the building with bullets. One round hit a police car in the windshield.

(on camera): Police say the situation ended when a SWAT team kicked down the door of the 14th floor apartment where the gunman was holed up. They say he surrendered without a struggle.

(voice-over): The gunman was then taken to a hospital for observation.

LT. DONALD GENTNER, LINCOLN PARK POLICE: The indication was that he had probably taken some kind of narcotics and may have been high.

GARSTEN: The gunman's son said his father had been treated for depression for many years, and the threat of eviction simply caused him to snap.

Ed Garsten, CNN, Lincoln Park, Michigan.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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