March 12, 1997 in Nation/World

Man Kills 3 At Bank; Police Kill Him

Compiled From Wire Services

A man wearing gray-and-white camouflage killed three people at a bank Tuesday, and ordered everyone else inside to sing the Lord’s Prayer with him before he was killed in a barrage of police gunfire.

He first killed two employees inside the Comerica bank branch, and then took an elderly man hostage outside, shoving him to the ground and fatally shooting him in the head. Officers then opened fire.

“It appears as if we have a person who walked in to kill,” said Police Chief Isaiah McKinnon. “It was a matter of minutes, but I’m sure for those people there, it must have been an eternity.”

The gunman was identified as Allen Lane Griffin Jr., 21, who the chief said was apparently depressed over a “domestic situation.”

Detroit police said Griffin, a carwash employee, was despondent over a failed marriage. He had three children, and his wife had recently filed for divorce. Family members said he had a chronic drug problem.

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