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Victims of Rochester Hills Splash Pad Shooting Identified, Some Still in Critical Condition

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ROCHESTER HILLS, MI, June 17, 2024 ~ The long road to recovery from the physical and psychological wounds suffered by the victims of Saturday’s splash pad shooting in Rochester Hills is just beginning.

Family, friends, and the community are struggling to come to grips with the shooting and the shattered peace of a city once named one of the 100 safest cities in the United States. There were nine victims of the shooting at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad. An 8-year-old boy remains in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, his four-year-old brother and 39-year-old mother are both hospitalized and recovering from gunshot wounds. The victims ranged in age from 4 to 78 years old.


June 17, 2024 ~ The Rochester Hills community is trying to heal following Saturday’s shooting at the local splash pad. WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne joins Tom Jordan to update listeners on what is known about the victims and the shooter.

June 17, 2024 ~ Following the shooting that occurred at a Rochester Hills splash pad over the weekend, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett joins Tom Jordan to discuss how the community is healing.

(CONTINUED) A Rochester Hills couple, Micayla and Eric Coughlin took their two children ages 2 and 7 to the park according to a GoFundMe account set up by a friend. The parents protected their children but were shot in the legs.

A woman who was at the park with her sister and their children called it the “worst day of my life”  as her sister was wounded in the shooting and had surgery Sunday. Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett said one of the victims is the wife of a city employee. She was there with 14 family members and friends, three of whom were hit by bullets, he said. She has a broken arm and a bullet wound in her abdomen. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard is warning residents to be wary of fund-raising efforts for victims of the shooting as some have been identified as fake.

June 16, 2024 ~ ROCHESTER HILLS, Michigan — A shooting at a splash pad in Rochester Hills Saturday left nine people wounded, including children and adults.

The 42-year-old male assailant parked his car, walked a few yards to the Brooklands Plaza Splashpad, and opened fire, instantly turning a serene summer setting into a nightmare of panic and terror.

Through new technology called Live911, officers in the field were able to immediately hear audio of the 911 alerts, even before dispatchers issued a call. Law enforcement was on the scene within two minutes.

Reports suggest that the quick response caused the assailant to flee before more harm could be done, with SWAT teams, helicopters, and drones pursuing him to a home located a half-mile away from the park. The gunman was found in that home dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


June 15, 2024 ~ 760 WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne‘s coverage of  Sheriff Mike Bouchard‘s press conference following the horrific shooting Saturday at the Brooklands Plaza Splashpad in Rochester Hills. Nine were wounded, with two in critical condition. The gunman was found dead in a nearby home shortly after the incident. Photo: Mandi Wright ~ USA TODAY NETWORK

(CONTINUED)We mourn the innocent lives affected, the children whose laughter turned to cries, and the families who will never be the same,Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett told reporters.

In this dark hour, let us stand together, not only in grief but in resolve — resolve to support one another, to heal, and to rebuild. We owe it to the victims, to our children, and to ourselves to create a safer, kinder place. We will remember this day, not for the fear it instilled, but for the unity and compassion that rose in its aftermath.

Among the victims, the most critically injured is an eight-year-old boy, who sustained a severe head injury. His condition remains precarious, and he is receiving intensive medical care.

Stay with 760 WJR for the very latest on the Brooklands Plaza Splashpad shootings.