Man gunned down on way to work in Detroit

Tom Greenwood and Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police are on the lookout for four suspects in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man who was gunned down early Thursday on the city's west side as he was on his way to work.

According to the Detroit Police Department, at about 4:30 a.m., the victim was walking in the 9200 block of Patton — located between Plymouth Road and Tireman and the Southfield Freeway and Telegraph — when a vehicle containing four male suspects stopped.

Two men exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots, killing the man. The shooters then fled the scene. No descriptions of the suspects is available yet.

The victim's sister, Chania Ventura, 24, identified him as Patrick Jones Jr., 19.

"He was a good kid; he had goals," Ventura said. "He just graduated on time (last summer) and he was doing his externship at a hospital."

Ventura said her brother got up before dawn to catch a bus to his job at Staff Line, an employment agency in Redford Township.

"When he was killed, he was on his way to work," she said. "You can tell he was running because of the tracks (in the snow)."

Jones' mother, Chrease Chisolm, said she knew something had happened to her son and called the police.

"I tried to call for an officer, but they told me (they) needed to know a direct spot where he was," she said. "I had to get my daughter and we were riding around looking for him."

Chisolm and other family members said officers on the scene Thursday did not appear empathetic.

"I'm not the criminal," Chisolm said. "You could talk to me like I'm a human being."

Chisolm said her son had also been shot previously.

"You can't go to work, you can't sit at home," she said. "He got shot a few years ago sitting on the side of my house talking on the phone."

Jones' life was cut short for no reason, she said.

"He was a good person, on his way to being a man," Chisolm said. "But he didn't get a chance, right along with the rest of these children that are dying for nothing."

Jones' younger brother, Michael Chisolm, said his family lost an important member Thursday.

"He was more than just an average family member; he was the backbone of our immediate family," said Michael Chisolm, 14. "He told us that you have to watch your back out here because you never know."

Jones' cousin, Jerome Brown, said the victim kept out of trouble and was pursuing a degree.

"It had to be random because he was on his way to work," said Brown, 52. "He wasn't mixed up in anything. He just went to school and went to work."

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (800) SPEAK UP or the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-2200.

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