2 slain in shooting on Detroit's west side

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Two brothers are dead after they were shot early Thursday morning in their home on Detroit's west side, according to police.

The victims, ages 54 and 47, were killed at about 12:36 a.m. in their house in the 14000 block of Ashton near the Southfield Freeway and Schoolcraft Avenue, Detroit Police officials said.

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The older brother was shot in the chest and his younger brother was shot in the stomach and died at a hospital, police said.

Officials said the two victims were unloading packages and groceries from a vehicle when they were forced at gunpoint back into their home by three male suspects. Two of the men were armed.

Police said all three suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts and the two who were armed wore ski masks.

After the victims were shot inside the house, a third brother fired shots at the suspects and they fled from the home through the front door, according to authorities.

Investigators said they do not know if any of the shots fired at the suspects struck any of them.

Officials said they requested a Michigan State Police canine unit and it tracked a scent to the area of Piedmont and Chalfonte, about a mile and a half northwest from the shooting, where police took one potential suspect into custody for questioning.