updated 9/28/2004 1:31:28 PM ET 2004-09-28T17:31:28

A man opened fire at an in-home day-care center Tuesday, critically wounding three people including a 3-year-old, officials said.

Police initially reported a fatality, but Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said at midday that two adults and a child were wounded.

Police were searching for the shooter, who they said came to the door of the house on the city’s northwest side, exchanged words with someone, entered and opened fire.

“It appears as though this was not random,” Bully-Cummings said.

A 7-month-old also was injured, possibly from being dropped, and was taken to a hospital, Bully-Cummings said. Two other children, apparently uninjured, also were taken to a hospital as a precaution, authorities said.

The Family Independence Agency, which oversees day-care facilities in Michigan, listed the address where the shooting took place as a licensed facility serving up to 12 infants, toddlers or school-aged children.

Police cordoned off a stretch of the leafy residential street. Neighbors sat watching on porches and stoops as officials went in and out of the beige house.

“It’s awful. I’m ready to move,” said Tanya Tate, who sat on a stoop across the street with her 1-year-old daughter on her lap.

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick spoke with police officials and was led inside the house, but declined to comment to reporters.

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