Cops: 2 'highly intoxicated' Pontiac men shoot 'indiscriminately' in woods

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

In a case that required the use of an Oakland County Sheriff's Office helicopter, police arrested two Pontiac men Tuesday night accused of shooting a gun "indiscriminately" in a wooded area while "highly intoxicated."

It was 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when deputy sheriffs responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Lake and Gillespie. Police arrived and heard at least three shots fired; they soon found two male victims, 20 and 21, hiding behind a mound of dirt.

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Deputies put the victims in the back of their police car for safety purposes, then went looking for the shooters. They established a perimeter and asked for aerial assistance from a department helicopter, Air One, one of its two helicopters.

While the helicopter searched the area — Oakland County says one helicopter can cover the ground of 12 police cars — deputies used the public address system in their car and ordered the suspects to leave the wooded area.

They did, a 27-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, and police caught up to them as they walked the Clinton River Trail and made the arrest.

Police searched the suspects and found a .40 caliber handgun, which police believe the two men were "highly intoxicated" when they carried it and shot it. Police believe the suspects were "shooting indiscriminately," not intentionally targeting the victims.

The investigation will continue.