Neighbor angered by texts admits to killing man going to work

A man who says he was angered by a threatening text message admitted fatally shooting a neighbor he didn’t know – the single father of a teenager who survived the Oxford High School shooting.

Dennis Kirby Kendrick, 54, was in his car and about to drive to work around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when the gunman approached him and shot him multiple times, the Michigan Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.

The two men lived in the same apartment complex in Oxford Township but did not know each other.

The apparent shooter, a 36-year-old man, called 911 to report the death. He said he walked around the complex looking for the person who sent the abusive text message. He spotted Kendrick and concluded it was him, then began shooting, the sheriff’s office said.

Kendrick was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other man was arrested without incident. As of Thursday morning, no charges had been filed.

Kendrick was the father of a 15-year-old sophomore at Oxford High School, where four students were killed and seven others injured in a shooting in November. Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old college student, is accused of the assault.

Kendrick’s sister set one up GoFundMe page for her nephew. She said the boy was the “whole world” to her brother, who she said was an Army veteran who worked at American Axle, a company that made powertrains.

According to the sheriff, six shell casings were found at the scene. The weapon is believed to be a 9mm pistol for which the alleged gunman had a concealed carry license. Neighbor angered by texts admits to killing man going to work

Joel McCord

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