Detroit's Precinct Shooter Also Suspected In Girl's Kidnapping
Detroit Police Northwestern District: New security measures, including a metal detector, have been implemented. The station reopened to the public Monday, one day after four officers were wounded in a shootout with a gunman who was killed.
Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix
January 25, 2011
DETROIT – Lamar D. Moore calmly walked into the Detroit Police Department’s Northwestern District station just after shift change Sunday afternoon, when few officers were in the building, and approached the front desk while concealing a pistol-grip shotgun.
Within moments, he began firing, striking officers as he blasted away.
Details emerged Monday night that may explain what first appeared to be an unprovoked attack.
Moore had been implicated in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a runaway teenage girl, according to an official familiar with the investigation.
She escaped Sunday afternoon from Moore’s house on Sorrento, sought help and police were called, according to the official, who said it was after this that Moore shot up the station.
Struck were Cmdr. Brian Davis, who was working Sunday to get briefed on an earlier nightclub shooting; Sgts. Ray Saati and Carrie Schulz, and Officer David Anderson. All four survived. Two still were hospitalized Monday.
During the ambush, officers at the station returned fire, killing Moore.
A lot of questions remained but one thing seemed certain, a source said: Moore couldn’t have expected to win the gunfight.
He walked in with only a few rounds.
As four Detroit police officers who were shot inside a district station Sunday recovered Monday, information was surfacing about the gunman who ambushed them.
Lamar D. Moore, 38, was shot and killed by police after he opened fire in the Detroit Police Department’s Northwestern District.
Cmdr. Brian Davis and Officer David Anderson are in stable condition at Sinai-Grace Hospital and Sgts. Ray Saati and Carrie Schulz, who was struck in her bulletproof vest, were treated and released.
“The perpetrator’s intent was evil,” Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. said after watching security video of the shooting.
Godbee said the officers acted heroically.
“In a split second, their lives changed,” he said.
Though police have given no motive for his actions, new information about Moore has surfaced.
According to an official familiar with the investigation, Moore was implicated in kidnapping and sexually assaulting a runaway teen. According to the official, Moore shot up the station Sunday after the girl left his home to get help that afternoon.
Police, who raided Moore’s home because of the sex crime investigation — and independently of the shooting — later made the connection between the two, the official said.