State Police say shooting on Lodge likely road rage

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

One man is in police custody and a 66-year-old Southfield woman is in the hospital after a possible road rage incident and shooting on the Lodge Freeway Tuesday evening, police said.

The incident was reported at about 6:15 p.m. near Seven Mile, said 1st Lt. Mike Shaw with the Michigan State Police.

Troopers arrived on the scene and found the suspect driving a white Chrysler 300 involved in a traffic crash on the southbound Lodge.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident, the MSP spokesman said.

Police believe the suspect assaulted the 66-year-old woman after they were involved in a crash on the freeway.

The woman was not wearing a seat belt when she was rear ended, Shaw said.

“Some injuries are from the traffic crash itself,” he said. “There may be some injuries from the assault. She is in and out of consciousness.”

A man driving a black vehicle, who police believe was stopping to offer help, pulled over to check on the suspect, Shaw said. The suspect fired one shot at the man, who then took off.

A short video posted on Facebook late Tuesday appeared to show the shooting. A man is seen stepping away from the white car, walking toward the black vehicle, firing a single shot and then walking back to the white car. The black vehicle drives off immediately after being shot at.

State police on Twitter asked the “good Samaritan” to contact them.

“We’d really like to talk to the guy and see what the suspect said to him,” Shaw said.

The man in custody appears to have psychological issues, Shaw said. Police found numerous long guns in the vehicle. He declined to say how many.

“We’re speaking with the individual now,” he said. “There are mental issues he might be suffering through that makes it a bit harder to determine what happened.”

Michigan State Police on the scene Tuesday evening investigating a shooting on the Lodge Freeway near Schaefer.

Part of the Lodge, also known as M-10, was expected to remain closed as the investigation continues, Shaw said.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said the southbound side was closed at Eight Mile.

“Drivers heading south on M-10 into Detroit must exit at south M-39/Southfield to east I-96 to head into Detroit,” MDOT wrote on Twitter.

The closure could last hours, the agency said.

News of the shooting sparked alarm on social media Tuesday night.

“Shooting on the Lodge is so against the unspoken rules of Detroit,” one user tweeted. “The Lodge was supposed to be our safe space.”

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Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.