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Tax refund shooting: Enraged Mich. man shoots 4 after a tax refund is delayed

Detroit Free Press
A tax refund shooting left four shot Friday afternoon on Detroit's East side.

A tax refund shooting at a Detroit-based tax prep office left four people injured over the weekend. The infuriated shooter, upset over the answer given to a “Where’s my refund?” question, pumped several rounds into Tax City, a tax preparation office in a strip mall on the 7400 block of Gratiot on Detroit’s East Side.

According to USA Today on Saturday, a 19-year-old man opened fire Friday afternoon and struck two females employees, a male employee and a male security guard. Three remain in serious condition today; one is in critical condition.

According to police, the dispute started over someone else’s refund. A 27-year-old female customer became upset when she was told she would have to wait for her refund. She then got into a physical altercation with a security guard. The man that was accompanying her joined the fray.

“She was a disgruntled customer about her refund check,” Third Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said.

Another female employee was reportedly punched in the face by the male assaulter, who left the office, turned around, and fired shots indiscriminately into the building.

“[The gunman] got upset about his taxes, you know what I’m saying? Just went berserk, you know?” a witness told CBS Detroit.

The woman turned herself in at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the city’s 9th Precinct, Johnson said.

The male shooter fled but was apprehended shortly thereafter. The unnamed attackers remain jailed and are awaiting arraignment today.

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