Police seek help finding suspect in homicide outside Michigan haunted house

PONTIAC, MI – Police have asked for the public’s help finding a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred in a parking lot outside the Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac early Sunday morning.

Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and STAT EMS responded shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 to the popular haunted house, 18 South Perry St., for a shooting report.

The caller said the victim, a 29-year-old Detroit man, was laying on the ground in a nearby parking lot, per a statement issued by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim and his girlfriend had been waiting in line to enter the haunted house when a man in line ahead of them would not move.

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The victim and the suspect — described as a man standing 6-foot tall and wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and jeans — exchanged words as the suspect thought the victim had cut in line ahead of him.

The victim told his girlfriend he was going to his vehicle, police said. The suspect and the victim then went separately to the parking lot.

That’s when witnesses told police they heard shots fired. The victim, whose name has not been released, was shot in the side, neck, and chest.

He was transported to McLaren Oakland hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A witness reported a blue sedan fled the scene at a high rate of speed after the shooting.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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