Detroit police: 2 people shot in attempted robbery on west side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A man and a woman are in critical condition after they were shot Thursday night on Detroit's west side.

Police say the victims — a 54-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman — were participating in a drug deal shortly before 10 p.m. in the area of Ellis and Abington, said Janae Gordon, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman. That's north of Joy Road and east of the Southfield Freeway.

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A man walked up, pulled a gun and announced a robbery, police said, offering preliminary information. 

The victims tried to drive off, but were shot multiple times. 

The shooter fled on foot.

Medics transported the victims to a hospital. Both are listed in critical condition.

Police have no shooter description to offer.