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12-year-old boy shot and killed in Oak Park

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed Monday in an incident of suspected child's play with a gun, Oak Park police said.

The shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m. at a home in the 10000 block of Saratoga. Police were dispatched to the home on a report of a person shot and arrived to find the boy with a gunshot wound. Police officers and EMS medics performed emergency medical measures on the child before he was transported to Providence Hospital.

The 12-year-old was pronounced dead after unsuccessful lifesaving measures performed by doctors and other hospital staff.

The identity of the child was not immediately released, said Oak Park Police Lt. Troy Taylor. Police said a preliminary investigation of the boy's shooting death indicates it stemmed from gun play among juveniles at the home.  

In a message to parents late Monday, however, Grosse Pointe Public School System officials identified the victim as LaDamien Williams, a seventh grader at Parcells Middle School.

Taylor said police are questioning a number of people at the home.

"We're talking to everybody involved," he said. "We're talking to witnesses, occupants of the house. We still have to figure out (what happened)."

LaVez Williams, the father, said he had brought his 12-year-old and his 15-year-old brother to a home on Saratoga, where his girlfriend and her family live, and then made a quick run to the store, he told WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). 

By the time he returned, his son had been shot.

Dan Hartley, principal of Parcells, told parents: "I send my deepest condolences and sympathy to our students, families, and staff as we grieve the death of LaDamien.

"The GPPSS Crisis Team will be working tonight and tomorrow morning and will announce a plan for supporting students who are grieving this loss. Even though we are learning remotely, our crisis staff including counselors and mental health staff, will be available to work with students and families."