In two separate East Lansing shootings on Monday, two people were killed; one a Rite Aid pharmacist and the other a local resident from the neighborhood.
The double shootings took place within 30 minutes of each other. The first at a Rite Aid pharmacy in the Frandor Shopping Center and the second at a home nearby.
The victims have been identified as Michael Addo, aged 35, of Mason, and East Lansing resident Jordan Daniel Rogers, aged 27.
The shootings occured at around 11 a.m. and police say the gunman walked casually into the Rite Aid store and shot his first victim before fleeing the scene.
Rite Aid spokesman Ashley Flower said about the East Lansing shootings:
“We are extremely saddened by the loss of our team member, who was tragically killed today in a shooting. We are fully cooperating and working closely with the authorities regarding this matter.”
Following a lockdown of the area and a manhunt for the suspect, Officer Robert Merritt of the Lansing Police Department, said, “The suspect had fled by the time our officers arrived. We do have a deceased employee on the premises.”
Jason Cody, the spokesman for the MSU which is nearby, said students were notified via the campus’ text alert system: “Both events happened off campus. But since it was so close to campus, we did activate our text alert system at about 11:29 a.m. because we have a lot of students who live off campus.”
Janice Bullard, who worked with the pharmacist who was killed in the first of the two East Lansing shootings, said to reporters about the victim, “He was a very nice guy… easy to work for. That breaks my heart.”
Following a three hour standoff with SWAT teams, the suspect was arrested, unharmed and taken into custody. It’s not yet clear what his motive was for carrying out the shootings as police continue their investigations.