DETROIT — A 69-year-old registered sex offender is on the run after he attempted to rape a friend then fatally shot an unarmed security guard and a female resident at the low-income senior housing complex where he lives, Detroit police said Wednesday.
Police named James Fleming in the shootings Tuesday night at the Phillip Sims Senior Housing complex.
Fleming and a 30-year-old woman were using cocaine in the complex late Tuesday when he tried to sexually assault her, police said. The woman, whose name was not released, escaped her attacker and pulled a fire alarm.
Firefighters arrived but left after finding no fire.
Police said Fleming apparently left the building and retrieved what police believe was a .38-caliber revolver from a vehicle parked outside. He walked back through the building’s front door and shot the 50-year-old security guard who was working his first day on the job and a 66-year-old female resident who ‘‘wasn’t even looking’’ at the gunman, police said.
Fleming fled in a dark blue 2001 Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Tennessee plates.
Michigan’s Public Sex
Offender Registry lists him being convicted in 1988 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.