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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Police say 34-year-old Ricard Taylor was the man behind the trigger in the shooting death of a pharmacist inside of a Lansing Rite Aid store and of another man in an East Lansing home.
Taylor appeared in court Wednesday. 6 News Joe Khalil has been following the story since it broke.
This is the first time we've been able to identify the shooter as Ricard Taylor.
Because of the gravity of the crime police say Taylor committed officials held a news conference before he was arraigned.
As expected, he's facing serious charges. For the first time since police say he shot and killed two people, one at the Frandor Rite Aid pharmacy and another at an East Lansing home a short while later, Ricard Taylor went before a judge on a video conference.
Seemingly calm on the video feed he's accused two heinous crimes, two counts of open murder, three carrying concealed weapons charges and two counts of felony firearms.
"It's alleged that on May 12 2014, that you did on that day murder Michael Addo.”
"We have no reason to believe there was any correlation or relationship between the accused suspect and the victim in the Lansing homicide,” said Chief Mike Yankowski, Lansing Police.
Police haven't commented yet on whether Taylor knew the second victim, Jordan Rogers.
Neighbors say Taylor may have been suffering from some form of mental illness. In charging him, Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings hasn't ruled that out, which is why his team went with open murder, a more open-ended charge.
"We could proceed with felony murder, that the murder was committed in the course of commission of another felony, or that the murder was done with deliberation and premeditation. We have either of those two theories available to us,” said Stuart Dunnings III, Ingham County Prosecutor.
Officials say those details will hopefully become clearer as they continue to investigate.