Man shoots co-worker at deli before taking his own life

By: Mary Beth Almond | Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 5, 2022

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Police in Bloomfield Township are investigating following a shooting at Steve’s Deli on Oct. 2.

At approximately 10 a.m., police were dispatched to the restaurant, 6646 Telegraph Road in Bloomfield Township, for a shooting.

According to reports, a 52-year-old man from Detroit — identified by police as Ernest Connors — fired multiple rounds from his vehicle into the front of the business, which was open to customers at the time of the incident.

A 52-year-old employee, who was working at the time of the shooting, suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital.

Police have identified the suspect as an employee of Steve’s Deli, who reportedly fled the scene before police arrived.

The Southfield Police Department located the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the area of W. Outer Drive and Greenfield Road in the city of Detroit. Before Southfield police officers could make contact with the man, police say he took his own life inside his vehicle. No shots were fired by police.

The motive for this shooting is unknown, and the Bloomfield Township Police Department is actively investigating the incident.

“There is no immediate threat to the public,” Officer Nick Soley said in a statement. “We would like to thank the Southfield Police Department and Detroit Police Department for their cooperation and assistance during this incident.”