Two shot in Pittsfield Twp. birthday party altercation

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Pittsfield Township — Two birthday celebrations ended with two women being shot at a UAW hall early Sunday morning.

Both women were wounded in the altercation, which took place at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 4300 block of Concourse Drive. Both women, ages 28 and 22, from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti respectively, were treated and released.

“Our dispatch center received a 911 from a guy saying he was taking his buddy to the hospital after he was shot at the UAW hall,” said Deputy Chief Gordy Schick.

“It turned out it was his sister. Converging officers found 10 to 15 people still on the scene. They searched but didn’t find any other victims. Then we received a call from a hospital saying a second person had been shot and was in their emergency room.”

An investigation by officers showed that anywhere from 150 to 300 people had been at the hall for two separate birthday parties.

“They were ‘bring you own bottle’ events,” Schick said.

“We’re not sure how many people were there because people kept coming and going. The police department was unaware the hall was hosting the birthday parties. And the hall isn’t designed for that large a crowd.”

According to reports, there was heavy drinking at the parties.

“They had spirits, a large amount of people and music provided by DJs,” Schick said.

“It ended up erupting in fights out in the parking lot. We were told there was shooting both in front and behind the building. We’re still trying to weave our way through it all, get the facts and determine who the shooters were.”

According to Schick, some of those who were in attendance at the parties have been uncooperative with investigators.

Police said one woman was shot in the stomach while the other was hit in the leg.

One was treated at the University of Michigan Medical Center while the other sought treatment at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Police are checking to see if the shootings were caught by security cameras stationed in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety at (734) 822-4911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the department’s tip line at (734) 822-4958.

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