Two children were found alone in a motel as police were investigating a shooting and now authorities are asking for the public's help locating their parents.

Around 12:30 a.m., at the Cranbrook House Motel on the 20500 block of James Couzens, a 29-year-old man walked through the parking lot, heard people arguing, heard the sound of shots fired — then realized he'd been shot in his back, police said.

Medics arrived on scene and took the victim to an area hospital. He's listed in temporary serious condition.

Police arrived and found a bullet hole in the window of room 119. Then they went inside that room and found two toddlers, under the age of two, one in a crib, one in a bed, both of their diapers soiled and in need of changing.

Medics verified that the children were OK, and DPD's child abuse was involved in the case early Tuesday. 

Police have distributed pictures of the children and ask anyone who knows the identity or whereabouts of the children's parents to call authorities who investigate child abuse at (313) 596-5329.

Police are also investigating the shooting. Tipsters who prefer anonymity can share what they know with Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 800-SPEAK-UP.


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