Trail of blood after report of shooting leads cops to pot in Royal Oak Twp.
Royal Oak Township — Police investigating a shooting late Wednesday night in Royal Oak Township stumbled onto a pot grow operation after a blood trail led them to a home.
Michigan State Police arrived on the 2300 block of Garden Lane about 11:10 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a possible shooting. That's north of Eight Mile and east of Wyoming.
They found a GMC pickup truck crashed into a utility pole. But no one was inside.
Troopers followed a trail of blood to a home in the area. They knocked on the door but no one answered, so they entered.
But no one was inside the home, either.
Troopers did find a "large marijuana grow operation" in the basement, and were notified that a shooting victim had turned up at a hospital. That person's injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.
Police are investigating the shooting, any connection between the vehicle and the home, and what role, if any, the marijuana grow played in the incident.
In May, about a mile west of Wednesday night's shooting, on the 10700 block of North Oak Drive, a man was arrested in a home invasion and shooting also involving an allegedly illegal marijuana grow operation, police said at the time.