Man, 26, dies trying to flee gunfire in Pontiac

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

A 26-year-old Pontiac man died Friday while attempting to flee from gunfire, police said.

Oakland County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 12:35 a.m. to the 700 block of Newman Lane on multiple reports of shots fired and a report of a gunshot victim. 

Upon arrival, deputies found a gray Pontiac Grand Prix had been struck by another vehicle which pushed it into a Black Dodge Charger in the 600 block of Newman Lane.  Deputies said the Grand Prix had multiple bullet holes in the rear passenger side and trunk area and all of the vehicles were unattended. 

While inspecting the scene, deputies were flagged down by someone yelling for police a short distance from the crash. They found the 26-year-old victim who had been shot, lying next to the driver's side door of a Chevrolet Equinox, which also had multiple bullet holes. 

Officials believe the victim was seated in the Chevrolet Equinox when the shots rang out and he attempted to flee the area.  While trying to quickly leave, he struck the two parked cars and traveled a short distance before succumbing to his injuries, deputies said.

Deputies said the victim was not breathing and was transported to McLaren Oakland Hospital, where he died.

Evidence was collected from the scene to be processed in the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Lab. Suspects are unknown, but detectives are asking the public for assistance. 

There is a $2,000 cash reward for tips leading to an arrest. If anyone has any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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