Police say a man shot and killed a woman after she rejected his advances at an event in Detroit over the weekend. Five people were also injured during the incident.
Mary Spears, 27, was at the American Legion Joe Louis Post No. 375 on the east side of Detroit when the 38-year-old suspect allegedly approached her and began talking to her, according to WDIV.
When the suspect asked for her number, Spears, whose fiancé was also at the event, told him she was already involved with someone, WJBK reports. The suspect, however, continued harassing her, family members told the station.
Police said security took the man out of the club through the back door and escorted him to the front. After a fight broke out, the suspect allegedly took out a handgun and began shooting, killing Spears around 2 a.m. Sunday.
Some on social media were horrified by the news.
Mary Spears died for not giving a man her phone number. This is every woman's nightmare. http://t.co/5iwRGIANRg
— Anna Van Valin (@AnnaVanValin) October 7, 2014
Not how I want to start the morning, but it needs saying. | Male entitlement killed Mary Spears. http://t.co/uLKI5taBq7
— Angelle H Gullett (@CityofAngelle) October 7, 2014
Two men, ages 28 and 30, and three women, ages 23, 32 and 41, were also struck and wounded. All are expected to recover, but two victims remained hospitalized Monday, reports note.
After the shooting, the suspect attempted to flee on foot, according to the Detroit Free Press. Police caught him and took him into custody.
Spears is the mother of three boys, ages 8, 4 and 1, according to a fundraising page requesting donations for her burial.