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Man poses as food delivery driver before killing Romulus man in his home

Posted at 5:47 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 17:47:49-05

ROMULUS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Walter Goodwin had no idea the man at his family's front door Tuesday night was trouble and not just confused about where he was supposed to deliver some food.

Sources tell 7 Action News the man was pretending to be with a food delivery service and looking for a home on Taft Street.

Walter, 28, tried telling the man he was at the wrong house. Walter's mom went to the door as well to try to tell the man it wasn't their food.

Moments later, the man opened fire, killing Walter with a gunshot wound to his head.

Neighbors say they heard a woman screaming followed by three gunshots.

Romulus Police officers were quick to arrive and spotted the suspect vehicle, a silver Mitsubishi Outlander, leaving the area.

Police say the woman who was driving the small SUV took off, starting a high-speed chase that would involve Michigan State Police and go all the way into Hamtramck where the male suspect bailed out and fled on foot.

The woman continued driving the Outlander to the area of Luce Avenue and Mt. Elliott on Detroit's east side where she crashed in a vacant lot and fled on foot.

Both suspects were able to escape.

Police believe the shooting was not random but they are still trying to determine who was the intended target.

The suspects' descriptions that have been released by police are vague. The shooter is described as a black man with dreadlocks. The description of the getaway driver is only that she is a black woman, 18 to 24 years-old with burgundy/red-tinted hair.

The silver Outlander the two were in is a rental vehicle with an Oregon plate.

Police are working on information from the rental car company to see if the person on the rental agreement may be tied to Walter's murder.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Romulus Police Detective Harkins at 734-955-8822.