Man shoots 3, killing 1, after breakup, police say

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Pontiac —Three people were shot, one of them fatally, in Pontiac on Wednesday, and a 25-year-old man was arrested.

It was the first of two reported triple shootings in Metro Detroit between late Wednesday and early Thursday.

The Pontiac shooting took place just after 10:30 p.m. on the 600 block of Lydia, per a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. That's north of Elizabeth Lake Road and east of Telegraph.

Police found the victim, a 20-year-old named Giovanni Smith, "obviously deceased" with a gunshot wound to the head. Smith was lying on the grass between the sidewalk and street.

As police arrived, a man approached, identifying himself "using the name the (911) caller had mentioned as the shooter," and was arrested without incident. Police also recovered the gun believed to have been used.

Deputies found the other two victims, a 16-year-old West Bloomfield boy and a 21-year-old Farmington Hills man, at McLaren Hospital. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The 16-year-old victim said they went to Lydia to pick up some of his sister's belongings, as she had just broken up with the suspect. 

"An argument ensued on the front porch and the suspect entered the home, came out with a handgun and began firing rounds at them as they ran," the sheriff's statement said.

The surviving victims drove themselves to the hospital.

The second triple-shooting took place on Detroit's west side early Thursday morning and also involved one fatality.