"It goes to show you that anywhere in this country and at any point in time these tragedies can happen, 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."
-- Chief Mike Yankowski, Lansing Police Dept.
East Lansing, Mich. (WILX) Captain Jeff Murphy of the East Lansing Police Department, and Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski made a statement on the scene of an hours-long police standoff on Coolidge Road regarding two shootings that took place on Monday morning.
The first shooting happened around 11am at the Rite Aid on East Saginaw. Police responded and found a male pharmacy employee in his mid-30s dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
About 6 minutes later, police in East Lansing were dispatched to a home in the 1800 block of Coolidge Road for a shooting. Captain Murphy of the East Lansing Police Department says they found a male victim, also in his 30s, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
"It goes to show you that anywhere in this country and at any point in time these tragedies can happen," said Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski while speaking to reporters Monday afternoon.
"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."
A tactical team arrived at the home on Coolidge and after several hours, made verbal contact with the suspect inside. They broke a window and gave him a phone and a short time later, around 3:15pm, the suspect gave up and came out.
The suspect is now being held at the East Lansing Police Department. Police couldn't say where he would be arraigned at this point. They will be working through the night to build a case.
Chief Yankowski commended the city's violent crime initiative for helping apprehend the suspect as soon as possible. Multiple federal, state and county agencies assisted, including the FBI, ATF, the US Marshall's office, MSP, Eaton County Sheriff's Office, Ingham County Sheriff's Office, Lansing Police, East Lansing Police, MSU Police and Lansing Township Police.