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The owner of a Clinton Township business was killed Tuesday and an employee was wounded when a co-worker opened fire, police said.

Clinton Township Detective Capt. Richard Maierle said police were dispatched to Reliable Fence on Groesbeck Highway at 8:42 a.m. on a report that a shooting had taken place and the suspect was a 24-year-old township man who worked there.

“It’s not a whodunit,” said Maierle. “Witnesses said the first victim – a 34-year-old co-worker of the suspect – was shot twice in the back after an argument with the suspect. A 61-year-old man was killed with a fatal gunshot wound to the head.”

Maierle confirmed the dead man, who died at the scene, was the owner of the business. He said some of the seven workers present wrestled the semi-automatic handgun from the suspect, who somehow got away and sped off in his car.

At 8:46 a.m. – just four minutes later – the suspect slammed into a flatbed tow truck on Groesbeck at 14 Mile and took off on foot.

“Fraser police had our BOL (Be On Lookout) alert on the shooting and a hit-and-run not far away,” Maierle said. “They put the two together and a few blocks away, on Bittersweet Street, east of Groesbeck, they took him into custody without incident.”

Maierle said the matter remains under investigation but it appears the initial shooting stemmed from bad feelings between the 34-year-old victim and the suspect, a two-year employee who felt he had been “bullied” by the older man. 

It remains unclear why the business owner was shot.

The suspect is being held in the Clinton Township Jail pending issuance of a warrant and it is believed he will be arraigned on still-to-be determined charges Thursday afternoon, Maierle said.

Police continue to investigate and are not releasing further details at this time, Maierle said.

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