Barricaded gunman at Lincoln Park restaurant surrenders
Lincoln Park - A gunman who had barricaded himself inside a Lincoln Park restaurant on Fort Street Thursday has surrendered after hours of negotiations, police said.
Police said Thursday night that the “situation has concluded and the suspect came out of his barricade” at Hop Sheing Noodle House on Fort Street.
Police said a 27-year-old "suicidal subject" was hospitalized. There were no injuries.
Lincoln Park police Chief Raymond Watters said the department had received calls about the suicidal worker at the restaurant at about 4 p.m. When police arrived, he barricaded himself inside an office, Watters said. People inside the restaurant alerted authorities. They were not in the building during the standoff, Watters said.
Police established contact with the person about 5:30 p.m.
“Downriver SWAT negotiation team came out to negotiate with him for several hours and he surrendered,” Watters said.
In addition to the SWAT team, about 10 police cars and an ambulance gathered on streets during the standoff, with police focusing their attention on the rear of the restaurant.
Onlookers as well as frequent diners at the popular eatery along the busy stretch of Fort were stunned to see the police presence Thursday night.
Jennifer Rose said she saw on a Facebook that a group called Downriver and Friends posted that someone at Hop Sheing Noodle House barricaded himself in the office.
“I was at my mom’s in Wyandotte and when I heard there was a gunman I came ... they said the girls who work there got out,” said Rose, who lives in Lincoln Park. “This gun violence is out of control. I’m sticking around because I hope to see them get him out OK.”
Christen Allen, also of Lincoln Park, said she was trying to get to a McDonald’s restaurant on Fort around 5:30 p.m. for milkshakes. She waited, instead, at a liquor store across the street to watch the scene.
“I watched two men enter the building, one with SWAT and another with a sheriff vest on and a rifle," Allen said. "They’ve been moving around inside, closing the shades."
James Reynolds and Michelle Parks were stopped by police about 5 p.m. Thursday as they headed for the Noodle House, which also offers patrons dishes without noodles: "Ask for the style you'd like and request it noodleless: Twice the veggies, none of the carbs."
“As soon as we pulled in to get some food, they surrounded the car and said not tonight,” Reynolds said. “We eat here all the time.
“I’m shocked they even let us pull into the parking lot,” she said.