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3 killed in separate shootings overnight in Detroit

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit police are investigating three homicides Wednesday morning at separate scenes.

Two of the killings took place on the east side and one on the west side. Two of the victims are women.

Around 12:10 a.m., in the area of Grand River and West Euclid, an officer in a scout car saw a 23-year-old woman who had been shot multiple times. 

The officer transported the victim to an area hospital, but the victim declined to share any details on what happened. She later died from her injuries.

Some 90 minutes later, in the area of Chalmers and Elmdale, three people were shot while sitting in a Buick Rendezvous and one of them, a 29-year-old woman, died. They were ambushed outside of an apartment building that one of the victims had to return to so he could grab his ID.

Police describe the suspects only as two men in a black Ford Crown Victoria. The gunman wore all black, a mask, and used a long gun. 

The shooting on Chalmers was the second time a large group had been shot in Detroit since late Saturday, when a drive-by shooting disrupted a family gathering at Ferry Park and 14th. That shooting left a 20-year-old woman dead.

An hour after that shooting, at 2:24 a.m., on the 5700 block of Barham, a man believed to be 25 to 30 years old lost control of his vehicle after being shot. He then hit a pole, causing a power line to come down near his car. He died at the scene. 

Two hours later, just before 4:40 a.m., a seventh victim, a man whose age was not immediately known, was shot in the head while riding a bike in southwest Detroit. 

The victim was riding in the area of Electric and Miami when he was shot. By the time police arrived, medics were transporting the victim to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Wednesday's violence comes a day after a 29-year-old Detroit firefighter, Jack Wiley Jr., was found slain in his home on the 15000 block of Penrod.