Shooting suspect kills self after chase ends outside Beaumont Dearborn

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Bad blood between romantic rivals escalated to a shooting, causing Beaumont Dearborn to be locked down Wednesday night.

The shooting suspect took his own life behind Beaumont after shooting at another man who was hospitalized for minor injuries.

"We are still determining what gave rise to this but there was a high speed chase between two parties," said Police Chief Ronald Haddad. "Multiple shots were fired."

It all started at about 8:30 p.m. in Melvindale when two men who dated the same woman saw each other on the road. Police said the old boyfriend was armed and opened fire on the man dating his ex - while chasing him.

"They turned down Beaumont going pretty fast," said Samantha Camargo, a witness. "And then I heard six gunshots go off."  

Camargo watched the mayhem unfold from her front lawn.

"Shortly after that I saw a whole bunch of other cop cars, like 10 or 15 more of them go by quickly that way," she said.

The suspected gunman chased the victim to Beaumont Hospital.

The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot behind the hospital after being cornered by police.

"In an abundance of caution, the campus was placed on lockdown," said Beaumont spokesperson Mary Ellen Kochis. "At this time the police are investigating the situation and have reassured hospital leadership that all patients, families and staff are safe and secure."

The lockdown was lifted around 10:30 p.m.


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