Possible motive begins to appear for Detroit police precinct shooter

Jan 25, 2011

Reporters continued to dig up more details on Lamar D. Moore last night.

On Sunday, Moore entered Detroit's Northwestern Police station and began shooting. 4 officers were shot before Moore was shot and killed.

Why did he do it?

Reporters for the Detroit Free Press say a source told them that Moore "couldn't have expected to win the gunfight [because] he walked in with only a few rounds."

From the article: 

According to an official familiar with the investigation, Moore was implicated in kidnapping and sexually assaulting a runaway teen. According to the official, Moore shot up the station Sunday after the girl left his home to get help that afternoon.

Police, who raided Moore's home because of the sex crime investigation -- and independently of the shooting -- later made the connection between the two, the official said.

Commander Brian Davis, Sergeant Ray Saati, Sergeant Carrie Schulz, and Officer David Anderson were all shot. All of them survived, and two are still in the hospital.

WXYZ TV broadcasted this report last night:

 

The Associated Press reports that Moore had been indicted on marijuana possession and trafficking charges in Arizona. He plead to a lesser charge of "attempted possession of marijuana for sale," was sentenced to three years probation, and served his probation time in Michigan.

From the AP: 

In his pre-sentencing report, Moore said he joined the U.S. Army at 18 in 1990 and was stationed at Fort Bragg, and attended Fayetteville State University. He was honorably discharged in 1992.

Moore told court officials he was going through a rough time, "got caught up in the wrong crowd" and sought a second chance "to prove I am worthy." 

The Detroit News is reporting the Lamar Moore's home has been burned down:

The home on the 14290 block of Sorrento was set afire early today, police and neighbors said. The Detroit Fire Department's arson squad is investigating the blaze. A cause wasn't determined late this morning.