Police free 2 held in 7-year-old’s shooting death

The Detroit News

Two people who police linked to the shooting this week of a 7-year-old girl have been released from custody.

Sharonda Benson, 23, was freed from jail Thursday after the prosecutor’s office sent the case back to Detroit police Tuesday asking for more investigation.

Benson was named as a person of interest in the shooting of Chanell Berry and an 8-year-old friend, Ellen Garjo, who was injured in the shooting that police said stemmed from a domestic dispute on the 16800 block of Steel.

Benson had turned herself into police.

A man also believed to be connected to the shooting was freed, as well.

“They were released earlier today,” Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said.

State law says criminal suspects can be held for up to 72 hours without charges being filed and must be released if not charged. Suspects can be re-arrested if charges warrant.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner has ruled Berry’s death a homicide, spokesman Lloyd Jackson said. She was shot multiple times when her home was sprayed with gunfire after the argument.