1 dead, 1 wounded in Greektown shooting

Holly Fournier and Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — Two people have been detained and questioned in the a double shooting in Greektown Sunday night that left one man dead and another in serious condition, Police Chief James E. Craig said Monday afternoon.

The shooting was the second in as many days in the iconic and normally safe and quiet neighborhood, which has always been a big draw for city dwellers and suburbanites alike.

Police found the body of an unidentified male victim around 11:45 p.m. in an alley on the 400 block of Monroe, Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said. He appeared to be around 19 years old.

A second victim also was found in the alley suffering from a gunshot wound, Lewis said. The 19-year-old was taken to a local hospital in temporary serious condition.

Two handguns were recovered at the scene, she said.

“Early information is there was a fight in the area that moved into the alley,” Lewis said. “That’s where the shooting occurred.”

Lewis said it is unclear if the victims shot at each other or if there were other individuals involved.

“We’re still investigating,” she said.

Royal Oak resident Ebben Jones, 23, was standing outside Niki's Lounge at Beaubien and Lafayette late Sunday when the shots rang out from a block away.

"I just heard shots. I heard screaming," Jones said. "I stayed where I was. I didn't go investigate. I ducked back inside the club."

Back inside, security braced themselves in case the shooting continued, Jones said.

"I know a lot of the security guards that work there, and they were kind of worried at first," he said. "There was a little confusion."

When no more gunshots were heard, Jones walked toward the crime scene about a half hour later, he said.

"I walked down to Five Guys, and I saw a crowd, an ambulance and the police," he said. "I guess they set up a perimeter around the body. I just saw the activity, not the body."

Jones, who stayed overnight Sunday with a friend living in Greektown, said he was surprised to see violent crime hit the neighborhood.

"From the times I've been out here, it's been peaceful," he said. "But you never know what's going to happen in Detroit."

Detroiter Steven Stevens, 64, said he frequently visits Greektown to grab breakfast. He said he did not expect to hear about shootings in the heart of the neighborhood.

"It's just crazy. Absolutely insane," he said. "If you take a life, that means you have no value for life."

On Saturday night, an 18-year-old girl was shot in the leg in front of a Greektown restaurant on Monroe, near the popular Five Guys restaurant.

The victim was walking in the area when she heard shots and felt a pain in her leg. She was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incidents were part of a horrific weekend of violence in the city, including a shootout at a block party Saturday evening that left one man dead and 11 others wounded.

Police said 47 shots were fired at the gathering of about 300 partygoers at a basketball court at Dexter and Webb.

Killed in the melee was Malik Jones, 19.

Craig reported that Jones, who lived in the neighborhood where the shooting took place, had also been shot about a month earlier.

Craig called the shooters “urban terrorists” and expressed dismay when none of those at the event came forward as witnesses.

The shootings continued Sunday morning when an armed would-be robber entered Pete’s Grill and Coney Island at Outer Drive and Dequindre and announced a hold-up.

A cook at the restaurant shot him to death.

(313) 223-4616