'Case closed': State police say evidence, cooperation lacking in reported I-94 shooting

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — An hours-long search Thursday morning for evidence of a shooting on westbound Interstate 94 in Detroit produced none. That, and the alleged victim's decision against pursuing the matter during follow up interviews, led Michigan State Police to close the case.

"The incident didn't happen on a freeway," said Lt. Mike Shaw, a state police spokesman and commander in Metro Detroit. "Case closed."

There were bullet holes in the victim's vehicle, Shaw said, but during follow-up interviews with investigators, the man "became uncooperative and said he no longer wanted to pursue" the matter. 

Shaw declined to identify the victim's age, but said "please don't try to drive onto the freeway and act as if a shooting happened there. Be truthful and report it to the locals."

The westbound freeway was closed at Moross for a four-mile stretch for hours as police sought evidence. It reopened about 8 a.m.

State police said that at 2:45 a.m., a 911 caller reported that he was on westbound I-94, at Chalmers, in the right lane, when a black SUV pulled alongside and started firing shots.

The victim pulled off the freeway and went to the Detroit Police Department's 5th precinct to report the shooting.

Detroit police turned the case over to Michigan State Police, which investigate crimes on the state's freeways. 

State police have now closed the case. Detroit police did not immediately have information on the incident.