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East Lansing Shootings Leave 2 Dead; Suspect Arrested After Standoff

By Nick Sanchez   |   Tuesday, 13 May 2014 11:09 AM

A series of shootings in East Lansing, Michigan, left two dead and ended after an hours-long standoff with the suspected killer, who eventually gave himself up.

"It goes to show you that anywhere in this country and at any point in time these tragedies can happen," Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski told reporters at NBC affiliate WLIX Monday afternoon after the arrest. "But the City of Lansing is a safe city, the City of East Lansing is safe, and we want the public to know they are safe."

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Police responded to a Rite Aid around 11 a.m. where they found a male pharmacy employee in his mid-30s dead of multiple gunshot wounds, including a least one to the face.

Just six minutes later, police were dispatched to a nearby duplex home less than one and a half miles away.

There they found another man in his mid-30s injured with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was treated at the scene, taken to the hospital, and was eventually pronounced dead.

Police surrounded the house, as Adam Brown, the tenant that occupies the upper part of the duplex, looked on with his fiancee, Erin Hussey.

"I’ve told every cop, 'Bomb the house. Do what you need to do, but get the dog out,'" he told The Detroit Free Press.

Police broke a window and threw the suspect a phone to proceed with negotiations. Around 3:15 p.m., after roughly three hours of standoff, the suspect emerged from the house and gave himself up.

"We are extremely saddened by the loss of our team member," wrote Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower. "Grief counselors have been made available to our associates and will remain available as long as they are needed. We are fully cooperating and working closely with the authorities regarding this matter."

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