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Dispute over garbage can escalates into gunfight

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A dispute over a trash can led to two men exchanging gunfire Tuesday evening on Detroit’s west side, police said.

Investigators are still sorting out what happened, but the men — one 48 years old, the other 26 — apparently “had an argument over a garbage can and shot at each other” at about 6:15 p.m. in the 12700 block of Kentucky, said Officer Jennifer Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

Both were hospitalized Tuesday night. The 48-year-old, who had been struck multiple times, was listed in temporary serious condition, Moreno said. The younger man only received a gunshot wound on his right shoulder and was in stable condition, she said.

No other injuries were reported in the shooting, Moreno said.

The relationship between the pair — including any previous bad blood — wasn’t immediately clear, she said. Authorities also recovered three firearms from them at the scene.

Findings from a police investigation are expected to be forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to determine charges, Moreno said.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Detroit authorities at (313) 596-5240.