7 shot, 1 killed overnight in six instances in Detroit

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Seven people were shot overnight in Detroit in six separate instances over a seven-hour span and one of them, a 33-year-old man, was killed, police said.

Three of the shootings took place on the east side, three on the west side. Two shootings, one on the east side and one on the west, took place almost simultaneously. Six of the seven victims are men.

The violence started about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday on the 5200 block of Alter, said Detroit Police Department social media manager Dontae Freeman. That’s on the east side, north of Warren and near the Royal Skateland. A “large crowd” was fighting “at or near” the roller rink when shots were fired, hitting a 24-year-old woman. The woman was privately transported to an area hospital, where she was in temporary serious condition at last report. There is no description of the suspect.

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It was 12:45 a.m. on the 14600 block of Archdale, south of Grand River and east of the Southfield Freeway, when two men were approached and shot. The two men were walking on a sidewalk when two suspects approached them on foot and opened fire.

The victims are a 47-year-old man, who suffered a "critical" gunshot wound, and a 25-year-old man, who was left in temporary serious condition after being shot. The 47-year-old man was rushed into surgery after the two were privately transported to an area hospital.

Another shooting occurred around 2:15 a.m. at a Comerica Bank on Gratiot near Chene, also on the east side. A 62-year-old man was in his Buick Rendezvous outside of an ATM bank when he was shot. In the early hours, it’s unclear if the man was shot in a drive-by or if someone walked up to him. Police did find a bullet hole in the tailgate of the car, on the driver’s side. The man was able to drive himself to an area hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. There is no suspect description.

On the west side, also at 2:15 a.m., in the area of Seward and Rosa Parks, north of West Grand Boulevard, a 23-year-old man saw a silver van drive by. The victim was standing outside when he saw a flash from the van, then noticed he’d been hit by gunfire. The man was privately conveyed to an area hospital, and listed in stable condition. There is no suspect description.

Fifteen minutes later, back on the east side, it was about 2:30 a.m. when the dead body of a 33-year-old man was found in an empty field on the 17000 block of Chester, just south of Harper. The man had been shot. Police found multiple shell casings at the scene, but have no description of the suspect.

It was 5:25 a.m. when a 40-year-old man was shot across the street from Palmer Park, in an alley off Woodward Avenue at West Parkhurst.

The man and two other people were walking northbound in an alley when a white or silver four-door vehicle pulled up. Three men jumped out and tried to rob the victims, who ran, according to authorities. Shots were fired and a 40-year-old man was wounded. A witness flagged down a Detroit police scout car, which dispatched medics to the scene.

The victim was in temporary serious condition at last report.