Sheriff Says 2 of 9 People Wounded in Michigan Shooting at Splash Pad Remain in Critical Condition

Sheriff Says 2 of 9 People Wounded in Michigan Shooting at Splash Pad Remain in Critical Condition
Police perimeter tape wraps around a pole at Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad in Rochester Hills, Mich., on June 17, 2024. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

PONTIAC, Mich.—Two of the nine people wounded in a weekend shooting at a suburban Detroit splash pad remain hospitalized in critical condition Monday, including an 8-year-old boy who has “made amazing progress” despite being shot in the head, authorities said.

The child’s 4-year-old brother was shot in the leg, and the boys’ mother was hit in the abdomen and leg during the random attack in Rochester Hills.

“Reeling would be an understatement,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said of the family. “A family of four and three are in the hospital.”

Michael Nash, 42, fired as many as 36 times Saturday, stopping several times to reload, police said. He subsequently went home to Shelby Township, where he killed himself.

Mr. Bouchard said a motive could be hard to pin down.

Mr. Nash had no connection to the victims or the splash pad, a popular way for people, especially children, to play in fountains and water sprays.

“It appears he had been musing about different things, saying ‘Shut your phone off, we’re being watched, they are listening to us,’” the sheriff said, citing interviews with Mr. Nash’s mother. “Walking around the house with weapons … and talking about how the government was tracking him.

“Clearly it appears to me, as a lay person, he’s had some mental health things going on,” Mr. Bouchard said. “At this point we still have no information that was brought to anyone’s attention.”

Mr. Nash’s mother lived with him but was away from home when the shooting happened.

Michigan has a new law that empowers a judge to take away someone’s guns if a family member steps forward about possible threats to that person or others.

“He’s a loner. The blinds are always pulled over there,” neighbor Kyleen Duchene told The Detroit News.

Rochester Hills is about 15 miles south of Oxford, where in 2021 a 15-year-old fatally shot four high school students.