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James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 37-year-old man is under arrest, accused of breaking into a home, shooting a weapon, and setting the home on fire with children inside Monday night on Detroit’s east side.

Police responded to a 911 call about a robbery in progress on the 700 block of Conner, which is between Jefferson to the north and Detroit River to the south. Upon arrival, the police heard shots fired from inside the home, said Officer Dan Donakowski, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department.

A man and a woman ran out of the house. But two children — a girl, 2, and a boy, 4 — were left behind.

Officers called for assistance, and the Detroit Police Department’s Special Response Team arrived to resolve the barricaded gunman situation.

At some point, someone started a fire in the house, Donakowksi said, which police believe was possibly an escape tactic. That suspect, 37, was caught a time later in the neighborhood.

Police entered the home and pulled the two children from inside. While it’s not known where the children were in proximity to where the fire was set, both children were transported to an area hospital. The boy was in stable condition and the girl was in critical condition, and being treated for smoke inhalation, at last report.

Donakowski said that police believe there was a second suspect involved, but don’t know who that individual is, or where.

The house suffered “extensive damage” in the fire, Donakowski said.