One dead after gun fight ends with crash at bus stop

Nicquel Terry
The Detroit News

An exchange of gunfire between two men on Detroit’s west side early Monday evening has now resulted in the death of one of the shooters, Officer Nicole Kirkwood of the Detroit Police Department confirmed Tuesday morning.

Police describe him as a 54-year-old Arab man.

The two shooting suspects, police say, were both struck by gunfire during the incident near the corner of Grand River and Scotten. As of Monday night, the other alleged participant, a 40-year-old black male, was in critical condition. Police recovered two handguns from the scene, Kirkwood said.

The three victims at the bus stop were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. All three were black males, ages 35, 39 and 58.

Police say about 5:45 p.m., a 54-year-old man driving a silver Honda Accord was seen firing gunshots at a 40-year-old black man, who fired back while running down Grand River toward Scotten.

The 40-year-old, who was on foot, was shot in the head and collapsed onto Whitney. The driver was shot in the thigh and lost consciousness before crashing his silver Honda into the bus stop.

It is unclear why they were shooting at each other, police say.

“It’s too early for us to tell what their connection is,” Detroit Police Deputy Chief David LeValley said.

The shooting and accident happened near a busy intersection at Grand River and West Grand where there is a church, a BP gas station and Metro PCS store nearby.

Neighbors stood around Monday evening looking for details on what happened.

“This is normally a quiet neighborhood,” said resident Willie Hewins, 49. “We haven’t had anything like this happen in a long time.”

But Omar Dashell said he hears gunshots all the time in the area. He ran into a nearby store when he heard the shots fired, followed by a big crash.

“This is an everyday occurrence,” Dashell said.

James David Dickson contributed