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Man charged in 2 fatal in the Detroit-area workplace shootings

PONTIAC, Michigan. – A man with a gun in two southeast Michigan counties in connection with the deadly shooting at two Detroit-area companies.

Vernest Griffin was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, carjacking, armed robbery and use of a firearm during a felony in the death of Keith Kitchen in Taylor, Wayne County prosecutor said.

Griffin was arraigned Monday in a hospital on the first-degree murder and gun charges in the second murder in Oakland County’s Pontiac.

Kitchen, 60, was shot and killed Thursday morning BSD Linehaul, trucking company southwest of Detroit in Taylor, where the authorities said Griffin worked until losing his job in November.

One of the semi-trailer cabs was taken at gunpoint and driven about 30 miles (48 km) north to Pontiac where Eriberto Perez, 58, was fatally injured in an aluminium stamping company about an hour after the Kitchen was killed.

Pontiac, Griffin drove to a different trucking company in the area of Waterford Township, but when he could not find a person that he was looking for, police said.

Griffin, 45, of Sterling Heights, was injured during a shootout with agents in Waterford Township. The police got an AK-47 assault rifle and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, said Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who last week described the shooting as a “planned killing spree.”

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