Detroit shootings: Teen dead, 3 hurt, including boy, 5

George Hunter and Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 5-year-old boy, struck in the face by a bullet while sitting at home with his mother. A teen girl, dead from an unsecured gun. A pregnant woman and a companion on the road, one of whom police said was a homicide witness, both hurt in a drive-by shooting.

In the space of a few hours Tuesday, three separate incidents on Detroit’s east side erupted in bloody chaos.

The mayhem started about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when the teen was in a bedroom at a home in the 15000 block of Lappin and the gun discharged, said Sgt. Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department. Police reports gave her age as 13 or 14. One officer said she was babysitting at least two younger children.

“They found a handgun and started playing with it,” Woody said. “The weapon went off, striking the 14-year-old girl.”

The girl was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A 14-year-old boy inside the home was being detained Tuesday night, police said.

Police Assistant Chief James White called the shooting “a horrible tragedy that did not have to happen.”

White said the gun was not safely secured inside the house. Police said no adults were in the home at the time.

“We have a lot of digging to do,” Woody said about what happened.

Meanwhile, about eight miles west in the 20200 block of Irvington, a 5-year-old boy was sitting on a couch with his mother, watching TV in a home’s lower level when shots rang out from the street about 5 p.m., police said. Another police report said the shooting occurred at 6:15 p.m.

A bullet pierced a window, Woody said, but “we don’t know at this time if it was a drive-by, if it was a random bullet, if the house was targeted.”

The child was struck in the face and taken to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday night. No one else was reported injured in the incident, Woody said.

Detectives were canvassing the scene Tuesday night and interviewing neighbors “to determine if they heard any gunshots around that time,” he said.

Less than a mile away, another shooting was reported about 5:45 p.m., near John R and Winchester.

A Camaro was headed north on John R when a burgundy vehicle of unknown make came up behind and sprayed it with bullets, police said.

The two victims inside: a woman who is six months pregnant and someone with her. Police described one of the victims as a witness in a homicide case but did not elaborate.

The victims drove themselves to an area hospital.

Anyone with information in the shootings is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-2260 or (313) 596-1140.

The incidents came after a triple shooting Sunday in the 12000 block of Coyle Street on Detroit’s west side. A man and woman were killed, police said. A woman was injured.

Earlier this month, a 15-year-old boy died after being shot in the head while standing outside a Family Dollar near Joy and Evergreen. A suspect was arrested. On Dec. 29, a 9-year-old boy died from a gunshot wound suffered while playing in the basement with a 14-year-old on the city’s east side.

Another youth, Bernard Walker, 16, was shot in the head Christmas Day while hanging out at a friend’s house in the 4100 block of Virginia Park. He died from his injuries the next day. A 19-year-old was charged with manslaughter, felony firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Associated Press contributed.