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Neighbors: Suspected shooter at Detroit senior center has violent history

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Police on the scene at Pablo Davis Living Center in Detroit Sunday night Police on the scene at Pablo Davis Living Center in Detroit Sunday night
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -

Residents at the Pablo Davis Elder Living Center, where two women were shot and killed Sunday, say they knew the suspected gunman was a threat and have reported his violent behavior to management, who gave no response.

Meanwhile authorities have released the identities of two women who investigators say were shot to death at a Detroit seniors' home.

Wayne County Medical Examiner's office spokeswoman Mary Mazur says the victims in Sunday's shooting were 59-year-old Deborah Socia and 64-year-old Maria Gonzalez. Mazur says Socia was shot in the head and Gonzalez was shot several times.

Police say both women were friends of a woman who had broken off a relationship with the alleged gunman, who sources tell Fox 2 is 65-year-old Mike Reda. Reda has been arrested but not charged.

He surrendered to police Sunday evening at the Pablo Davis Elder Living Center on the city's southwest side where he and the women killed were residents.

Neighbors tell Fox 2's Randy Wimbley they believe the incident would have been avoided if management had taken their complains about Reda seriously. Fox 2 obtained a copy of the lease which prohibits engaging in acts of violence - and that's something neighbors say Reda did often.

"He would come out on his balcony and shoot his gun straight into Woodmere Cemetery," Michelle O'Neal tells Fox 2's Randy Wimbley.

A boyfriend of a resident who lived across the hall from Reda says Reda threatened him several times. "I told management somebody was going to get hurt and they just didn't listen," the man says. "I was taking groceries upstairs and he ran up in back of me and was trying to cut me with a box cutter." He continues: "There's a police report; three times he pulled a gun on me. There's police reports each time and management never took care of it."

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Yet Executive Director Phyllis Edwards at Bridging Communities, Inc. says she's unaware of any complaints about Reda. Bridging Communities, Inc. operates the Pablo Davis complex.

Wimbley asked what would happen if complaints were, in fact, given to staff about Reda. Edwards responded: "If something came, we would have to see all the facts before I could make that type of comment."

Detroit Police is continuing its investigation and says charges against Reda could be filed on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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