Shooting on I-96 in Detroit closes EB lanes as police investigate

The Detroit News

Road rage led to a double shooting Tuesday on Interstate 96 in Detroit, another example of a "minor fender bender" escalating to gun violence, said Michigan State Police First Lt. Mike Shaw. 

The latest incident on a Metro Detroit freeway began with a traffic altercation on a surface street in Detroit, Shaw said. A female driver and male passenger drove onto I-96 to continue to their destination after the incident when a vehicle followed them from the surface street to the freeway, "fired multiple shots" near Scotten and continued on I-96, Shaw said.

Troopers found a black Chevy on the shoulder of the freeway at about 4:11 p.m. with the two victims inside and talked to them before they were transported to a hospital for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, Shaw said.

Eastbound Interstate 96 remained closed while police investigate the shooting.

"We know with a crowded freeway like 96 there at rush hour, someone had to see something," he said.

"Usually you wouldn't get a gunfire incident out of a minor fender bender crash, but we are seeing that now," he said during a news conference after the shooting. "And I think some of it is we need to get ... the community ... to say that's enough. 

"Because until they do, we're just going to be cleaning up afterwards." 

Shaw pointed to the six people shot at the banquet center in Detroit early Tuesday, children shot on freeways, "people getting shot over traffic altercations, people in domestic violence situations."

"So we know that people are having trouble de-escalating situations," he said. "They're having trouble handling disputes between each other."

Shaw called on residents of the communities that witness violence to contact police. Anyone with information is asked to call (734) 287-5000.

"... I can't put a trooper on everybody's back seat of their car to break up those fights and can't put troopers or police officers in everybody's neighborhood or in everybody's living room," Shaw said. "We need that support."