Police: Man shoots 2 women before suicide in Detroit domestic violence

Detroit Police say a woman sheltering her friend with her children, was killed in an early morning home invasion.

DETROIT, MICH. - A 37-year-old man allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend, fatally shot her female friend, then killed himself Monday morning at a home on Detroit's west side, police said. 

The man forced his way into the 26-year-old friend's home on Wreford near Linwood, where the 28-year-old ex-girlfriend was staying with two children, a newborn and an 11-year-old girl, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said on Facebook Live.

"As soon as he made entry into this location, he began firing shots, striking the girlfriend. She was hit three times," he said. "She was able to exit the location with another child, the 11-year-old." 

The 9-day-old baby girl, whose parents are the shooter and ex-girlfriend, suffered hypothermia as people kept opening doors to the residence, Craig said. The 11-year-old girl, who is the suspected shooter's daughter, was not injured.

The ex-girlfriend had an active personal protection order against the suspected shooter. He has a violent history, but when he visited the home and caused a disturbance on Sunday, nobody called police, Craig said. The ex-girlfriend was hospitalized and is expected to recover. 

Police at 7:07 a.m. today received a call about the shooting, and they dispatched a "special response team," Craig said. It was reported as a barricaded-gunman incident, and police blocked off access to the home for a few hours Monday morning.

"It's unfortunate, particularly during this time of season, holiday season," Craig said. "Certainly, when we have the initial call for service, and there's a domestic incident, sometimes that's a precursor to more violent acts. So we're very attentive to that."

He said the suspected shooter's criminal history involves weapons, narcotics and assault with attempt to murder. 

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