A three-year-old boy was shot in his foot early Sunday morning through a window at his home in southwest Detroit, police said.

The shooting took place about 3:40 a.m. on the 3300 block of South Annabelle, which is east of South Fort Street.

Marcia Barnett, 28, thought someone was knocking on the window, which hasn't been uncommon since she moved to the neighborhood in June. Barnett's son, Esteban Ramirez, 3, was wounded by the shooting.

At first she thought he was just crying due to the all the commotion. Then she realized he'd actually been hit. 

"I've never even heard gunshots like that," Barnett said. "When I came and picked him up, that's when I realized he was bleeding. Then I looked at the mirror and noticed he'd been shot. Honestly, I froze — I didn't remember my passcode to my phone, or anything, and my kid is laying there bleeding. How did this happen?"

Barnett says she keeps a small circle of friends in Detroit, to avoid exactly this kind of violence. 

"I know very few people, and I keep it that way," she said. "I keep to myself, for that reason. My life is kids, work, home. I literally come in a 9 at night, put the kids to bed, and back out at 6."

Barnett said she'd let her brother occupy the home for most of the time she's been renting it. But when her friend Danielle Stephens, 28, moved up from Ohio last week, she felt safe being there.

"Us, and our kids here, it was the best kind of lifestyle there is: two moms, and six kids," Barnett said. The children range from three to eight.

Normally, all six children would've been home, but four of them were at their grandmother's house, Barnett said. Left home were Esteban and Stephens' 5-year-old son, who were in bed together at the time Esteban was hit.

"All of a sudden, it's boom-boom-boom-boom-boom, like real fast, and I hear her screaming 'he's been shot, the baby's been shot,'" said Stephens, who was also home at the time of the shooting. "We have three dogs and they didn't even bark. That's what we don't get: Nobody heard nothing."

Stephens had just moved to southwest Detroit from Ohio in the last week, to live with her close friend and "pretty much sister" Barnett, whose home was targeted in the shooting.

Esteban is "fine," and had his spirits lifted soon after being shot, when he saw that a police car was following the ambulance to the hospital. Esteban loves police cars. 

"He can't walk on his foot, he's got stitches, he's got a cast wrapped around it," Barnett said — but soon after leaving the hospital Esteban was asking when they could go to the park.

Police have no descriptions of the suspect or suspects in the shooting.


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