Man charged with murder in hotel shooting near Detroit

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – A man accused of killing a hotel worker in suburban Detroit barricade themselves in a room For hours, Sunday was charged with murder and other crimes.

Reichsrd Williams-Lewis, 34, was denied bond during a court appearance.

He is accused of fatally shooting a 55-year-old employee on the third floor of a Hampton Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Williams-Lewis also shot another employee Thursday, smashed through a first-floor office door and aimed a gun at a guest and another worker, prosecutors said.

In court, police said the incident began when Williams-Lewis, 37, was confronted by staff for making a noise and disturbing other guests.

Williams-Lewis, who was ordered to leave the hotel, fatally shot an employee who was taking the elevator to the third floor to check on his colleagues, Cpl. Nicholas Damphousse.

“The evidence in this case is alarming,” said prosecutor Kym Worthy. “We have long since learned that gun violence is not sacred. No churches, no cinemas, no grocery stores or hotels.”

It was not immediately known if Williams-Lewis had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

The hotel and surrounding businesses were evacuated for hours on Thursday while police, with the help of a lawyer, persuaded Williams-Lewis to peacefully surrender.

Gabi Silver said Williams-Lewis asked about her even though she didn’t know him.

“I just kept saying the same thing, talking to him about his family and telling him that if he surrendered, he wouldn’t get hurt,” Silver said The Detroit News. Man charged with murder in hotel shooting near Detroit

Dais Johnston

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