State police probe reported shootings on I-94, M-39 in Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Michigan State Police are investigating two shootings reported Tuesday on freeways in Detroit, including one in which someone riding in a car fired on a passenger.

A preliminary investigation found four men driving east on Interstate 94 near 14th Street in Detroit around 5:50 p.m. "had a disagreement when one of the males pulled out a gun and fired shots," state police said on Twitter.

One of the males was struck and underwent surgery, according to the post. Another jumped out of the moving car and suffered a broken bone, state police said. A third man was not hurt.

The shooter fled the scene in the car, MSP reported. State police did not release a description. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Metro South Post at (734) 287-5000 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

Eastbound I-94 lanes at Interstate 96 were closed for hours as troopers investigated, including with canine units, according to the post.

The Michigan Department of Transportation reported all lanes and the exit ramps shut at that section reopened by 10 p.m. 

In a second incident hours later, a driver called the Detroit Regional Communications Center around 8:20 p.m. and reported "he was being shot at by a white vehicle and he could see the muzzle flash" on the southbound Southfield Freeway near Joy Road, state police said.

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"The victim exited the freeway and drove to Allen Park Police Department where troopers made contact with him," MSP tweeted. "The victim was not injured and no bullet holes were located in his vehicle."

MDOT reported southbound lanes were closed at Joy as troopers investigated. 

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the MSP Metro South Post at (734) 287-5000.

The episodes follow a string of gun-related incidents on regional roads in recent months.

Last week, a motorist reported someone shooting from a van on northbound Interstate 75 in Oakland County.

Days earlier, one person was injured after a shooting on I-94 near Telegraph in Wayne County.

On Feb. 1, state police found that road rage allegedly led a man driving a Lincoln MKX to fire shots at a Dodge Charger on I-94 near 12 Mile in Macomb County.

In 2021, MSP, which has jurisdiction over the state's freeways, investigated 67 freeway shootings in District 2, which covers Metro Detroit. 

The incidents prompted police to increase patrols on freeways.