Detroit shootings continue after pleas for peace
Detroit — The city tallied at least 12 shooting victims, one fatal, over the weekend — weeks after police launched a grassroots effort to fight crime and a minister called for an “urban peace treaty.”
The latest round of violence was on the city’s west side Saturday and Sunday, according to police, and happened on the same weekend 300 motorists paraded through Detroit to protest violence in the city.
Saturday’s shootings injured a 15-year-old-girl on her front porch in an area neighbors described as a tight-knit community. She was one of five teens who were shot in three separate incidents this weekend, including two girls.
Elsewhere, at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, a 25-year-old man was shot and killed on the 16200 block of Lilac. Officers arrived to find the man lying on the front yard, a gunshot wound to his body. Police said Sunday they had no suspects as they continued their investigation.
Police were called to a local hospital after a gunshot wound victim was reported about 4 a.m. The victim, a 25-year-old black male, told police he and his friends were in the area of West Seven Mile when they got into an altercation with a group of unknown men, one of whom pulled a gun and shot him in his right foot.
The victim was treated and released.
Before 5 p.m. Sunday, three teens — two men ages 17 and 18, and a 19 year old female — were in a stolen white Plymouth Voyager on the 15300 block of Mendota when a man in a red Dodge van pulled up, said something to the teens and opened fire, striking all three, police said. The three were hospitalized in stable condition.
Another shooting occurred at 6:25 p.m. Sunday near a gas station at East Seven Mile and Chalmers. A 17 year old was leaving the station when four people in a red Toyota pulled up to him, police said. The teen ran, and shots rang out, grazing him. He drove himself to a hospital, said Detroit police Officer Nicole Kirkwood.
The first reported shooting took place about 3:30 p.m. near Roselawn and West Outer Drive. Police found two victims, a 22-year-old man who was shot in his left forearm, and a 23-year-old man who had a grazing gun shot wound to his chest. They were taken to DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital privately.
Police said the victims told officers about a disturbance in the neighborhood involving some 15 to 20 people, during which guns were fired. Both victims were in stable condition.
Just before 10 p.m. Saturday, three men were shot in the parking lot of a liquor store on the 13900 block of Wyoming.
All three were privately taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital, police said.
In the 9:53 p.m. shooting, a 20-year-old suffered a grazing wound to his left leg and was in stable condition; a 21-year-old was shot in the torso and was in temporary serious condition; and a second 21-year-old also was shot in the torso and was in temporary serious condition.
Police say that according to one of the victims, the men were walking into the liquor store when they noticed a group in the parking lot, preparing to fight. Someone pulled out a handgun and started shooting.
An hour earlier, on the 3200 block of Hazelwood, a 15-year-old girl was shot while standing on her front porch.
The west-side street where the girl was shot was described by neighbors Sunday as a close community with a mix of children who play basketball in the street and senior citizens who have anchored the block for decades.
The shooting came after Detroit police Chief James Craig announced in April a grassroots approach to fighting crime after a 6-month-old and 3- and 4-year-olds were shot, and called on ministers to reach out to criminals in an “urban peace treaty.” Craig earlier this month further decried the number of shootings from vehicles and shootings involving children.
Neighbors on the 3200 block of Hazelwood between Dexter and Wildemere said Saturday’s shooting was not the norm. It’s the kind of block where a big news story is when a neighbor puts on a summer-long unauthorized “garage sale,” attracting as many bedbugs as shoppers, neighbors say.
The Jacksons, who raised three children on the block, said while the area has its challenges they felt comfortable enough to move onto Hazelwood about 15 years ago. The couple said there seemed to be a child in each house, which fostered a friendly neighborhood.
“We got too many kids on this block to be playing hot lead over here,” said Mrs. Jackson, 37, who along with her husband declined to give their first names.
Police said the girl was standing on her porch when a black vehicle drove by. Someone in the vehicle fired a shot, striking the girl in her right shoulder.
A .22 caliber shell casing was found inside the girl’s home, with a blood trail leading from the front door. EMS took the girl to Henry Ford Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.
A representative of the girl’s family declined to comment on Sunday.
Key Milan, 19, who has lived on Hazelwood for five years, didn’t know the victim but wasn’t surprised there had been a shooting, despite describing the block as “very quiet.”
“This is Detroit,” Milan said. “You already know how things go.”
The Jackson said they were not home when the shooting happened, but questioned whether the incident was a drive-by.
“Where’s the damage to the house?” Mr. Jackson, 41, asked. “And how did the shell casing wind up inside?”
“We don’t know what went on, but we do know what Hazelwood is,” Mrs. Jackson said.