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James David Dickson
The Detroit News

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.