TROY, Mich. -- An accounting firm employee who was fired last week shot and killed a woman and wounded two men yesterday at the suburban Detroit building where he worked, then led officers on a high-speed chase, police said.
Hours after the shooting, a motorist 50 miles north of Detroit spotted a vehicle described on radio reports and notified authorities, touching off a 30-mile pursuit that passed through a construction zone and reached speeds of 120 miles per hour , officials said.
Anthony LaCalamita III, 38, said nothing after officers surrounded him, Sheriff Robert J. Pickell of Genesee County said. Officers found a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and three live shells in the vehicle, but LaCalamita was "subdued. Very, very, very subdued," the sheriff said.
LaCalamita's calmness at the conclusion belied a frantic midmorning at the offices of Gordon Advisors, a 40- to 50-employee company where workers had been busy preparing tax returns.
"We heard pop, pop, pop," smelled gunpowder and heard co-workers yelling, said Jean Larson, 48, a staff accountant for G&C, a subsidiary of Gordon Advisors.
Some employees opted to hole up inside individual offices. Larson joined two female co-workers, barricading the locked door with chairs, turning off the lights, and silencing their cellphones.
Police said the person killed was a 63-year-old woman from Warren. Two men, one 47 and the other 48 were shot and wounded, a police lieutenant said.