Three children wounded in drive-by shooting in Pontiac

Sarah Rahal and Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Pontiac — The Oakland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drive-by shooting Saturday night of a house with five children inside, some of whom were preparing to play a game, that left three injured from gunfire.

Deputies were dispatched to the 1100 block of Dudley Avenue about 10:30 p.m. on a report of a car driving past a house and firing gunshots.

The victims, three girls, ages 7 and 11, and a 10-month-old, were in a bedroom in the southwest corner of the home planning to play a game in the basement when bullets ripped through the walls. The 11-year-old was wounded in the buttocks, the 7-year-old in the torso and the 10-month-old boy in the hip area, according to Undersheriff Michael McCabe.

“All are hospitalized in stable condition and wounds are not life-threatening,” McCabe said. “Two other girls, 9 and 12 years old, were not injured.”

The children were visiting grandparents, a 45-year-old woman and 53-year-old man, who were at home at the time of the incident. Neither adult was wounded, McCabe said. Family said they have no idea who may have shot at the house or why.

Deputies collected evidence, including several shell casings, at the scene and were seeking a light-colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler 300, used in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle is asked to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP. There is a cash reward and tipsters can remain anonymous.

The shooting Saturday was Pontiac's second shooting since Wednesday.

Four people were shot at a home on the 200 block of Carriage Circle Drive on Wednesday night in what police say stemmed from a years-long dispute between neighbors. All of the victims had been on the front porch of the alleged shooter's home "instead of their own," the Sheriff's Office said Friday. 

"The responsible proceeded to go outside armed with a handgun and opened fire on all four victims before fleeing the scene." 

A man on the front porch, 28, had died when police arrived; three other men were on the front lawn and inside the home. Two, a 29-year-old and a 39-year-old, died from their injuries, police said.

Kenneth Clay, 32, of Pontiac, faces three counts of premeditated murder .

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