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Detroit — Although there were no major incidents reported downtown during Monday’s Ford fireworks show, there was a shooting nearby. The wounded victim drove downtown, crashing his SUV through a barrier set up for the fireworks event before dying from his injuries.

The shooting happened at 10:15 p.m. at the Martin Luther King apartments, about a mile east of downtown, when a 37-year-old man had a verbal altercation with an unknown suspect, Detroit Police spokeswoman June West said.

“As the victim started to drive away, someone fired several shots into the vehicle,” West said. “Even though the shots came from the passenger’s side, the passenger was not hit. The driver was shot in the head.”

The victim drove his gray Ford Explorer south on Chene, and then turned west on Larned, West said.

“He drove through a barricade, and then rolled to a stop right at Jefferson,” West said.

The victim later died, West said.

The Martin Luther King apartments have long been a hotspot for crime, although residents said things have gotten better since police increased patrols there.

The sprawling complex was the scene of a shooting during the 2013 fireworks, when a 19-year-old man told police someone shot him in the leg. It later turned out the man had shot himself.

GHunter@detroitnews.com

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