Easter weekend in Detroit: 6 killed, 15 shot
Besides religion, Easter weekend had one other distinction: the most violent weekend in Detroit this year.
Between Good Friday and the end of Easter Sunday, the city had six homicides and 15 shooting victims at 11 crime scenes, according to police.
Deputy Police Chief David LeValley said Monday that one arrest has been made so far, involving the fatal shooting of a man whose body was found Sunday morning at 2:30 a.m. The body was discovered in the 6000 block of Holcomb.
The victim, who wasn’t identified, is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, said police.
LeValley didn’t identify the suspect, saying only that he was being questioned at police headquarters Monday afternoon.
The deputy chief said he was confident more arrests would follow in the other shootings.
“We have dozens of detectives working around the clock,” he said.
He said the police’s closure rate was higher than usual this year, 74 percent. The national average is 64 percent and Detroit’s rate in other years was as low as 60, he said.
LeValley attributed the higher rate to a drop in crime in March, which gave detectives a chance to solve other cases.
He said he didn’t know why so many shootings occurred over the weekend. He said none of them appeared to be related.
The violence started Friday just before 2 p.m., on the 9300 block of Steel, when a 23-year-old man walking in the street says he heard shots and felt pain and realized he had been shot. He remained in critical condition Monday.
Saturday morning, at 12:21 a.m. on the 8000 block of Rosemont on Detroit's west side, a woman believed to be in her early 30s and a 51-year-old man were shot to death inside a home. The woman was found shot on the living room floor. The man was found on a couch. Both died after medics transported them to an area hospital. Police say two men fled the scene in a white van.
Two hours later, about 2:15 a.m. on the 8700 block of Michigan Avenue, a 38-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting. He was driving a Chrysler Town & Country van when a black SUV drove by and fired shots. He was dead on arrival at the hospital, according to police.
Around 3:30 a.m., police were flagged down to a double nonfatal shooting on the city's west side.
A citizen driving two men to the hospital said both were shot near Patton and Pilgrim Street, near Grand River and Evergreen.
A 44-year-old man was shot in his left ankle. He was listed in serious condition.
A 40-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back. He was listed in critical condition.
No description of the shooter was offered.
Saturday night, just before 7 p.m., on the 6700 block of Artesian, a 30-year-old man was gunned down when a passenger in a vehicle he was traveling behind got out of the vehicle and fired at least 10 shots, several of which hit.
There were four homicides on Saturday. And the violence continued throughout Easter Sunday.
On Sunday around 2:30 a.m., on Detroit's west side, a 30-year-old man was caught in a crossfire between two people shooting at Danes Social Club on the 14200 block of West McNichols. After being shot "multiple times throughout the body," the victim was privately conveyed to an area hospital and listed in temporary serious condition. No description of the shooters was available Monday.
Around 4:50 a.m. Sunday, on the 10700 block of Balfour, two people were shot through a back window at a home on the city's east side, and one died. A 40-year-old woman was shot in the neck and died. A 38-year-old man was shot in his ankle and left in temporary serious condition.
Minutes later, at 5 a.m. on the 20200 block of Asbury Park, a 47-year-old man was parked in his driveway when two men pulled up in a Jeep Cherokee and approached him, armed with a shotgun.
The men took the victim's money and his ID, then shot him in his right foot and fled in the Cherokee.
Medics took the victim to a hospital, where he is listed in temporary serious condition.
An hour later, on the 13500 block of Meyers, an unidentified man believed to be in his 40s was found in the bushes of a home. He'd been shot multiple times. A Detroit police car transported him to the hospital, where he was rushed into surgery before being listed in extremely critical condition.
That evening, at 8:30 p.m. on the east side, 17- and 26-year-old brothers were shot in a drive-by. They were driving southbound on Schoenherr and turned right onto Lappin, headed east.
A black vehicle pulled up alongside, lowered its windows and fired shots, wounding both brothers before fleeing westbound on Lappin.
The 17-year-old was shot in his neck and was conveyed by medics to an area hospital. He's listed in critical condition.
The 26-year-old took a graze wound to the wrist and was conveyed privately to an area hospital. He's in stable condition.