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3 shot in separate incidents on west side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
Police crime tape

Three people were shot overnight Wednesday or early Thursday morning on Detroit's west side, police said.

Two of the shootings took place on or near Joy Road.

At 11:10 p.m., a 54-year-old man was walking on Prest, between Joy Road and Mackenzie, when two men approached him, demanding that he empty his pockets.

The victim put his hands in the air, but was shot in his left hand, said Dontae Freeman, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department. He was privately conveyed to an area hospital and listed in temporary serious condition.

Police offered descriptions of the two suspects. 

The first is a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a beard, a small afro, and a dark complexion. He was armed with a silver handgun.

The second is a fair-skinned black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a gray sweatsuit.

At 1:50 a.m., on the 1500 block of West Grand Boulevard, a 26-year-old woman was shot once in her leg while sitting in the rear of a vehicle when she heard gunfire and realized she'd been shot. Medics transported her to an area hospital. Her condition was not immediately available.

Three hours later, just before 5 a.m., on the 15400 block of Joy Road, a 38-year-old man was shot while driving past a BP gas station.

A witness told police that a woman fired shots at the man's vehicle from the sidewalk into his Chevy Suburban. The victim then pulled into the gas station.

Medics arrived at the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital; his condition was not immediately available.