Teen shot in Redford Twp.
Redford Township — Police said a Thurston High School student shot early Monday morning while walking to school knew the suspected shooter.
“The shooter was an acquaintance of the victim,” Lt. David Holt of the Redford Police Department said Monday afternoon. “This was not random.”
Police do not have a suspect in custody, Holt said, adding police they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
After saying goodbye to his parents, the high school student began his walk to school. Ten minutes later, he was beating on the front door of his home telling his parents he’d been shot.
The victim, identified as Darien McNeil, was rushed to Botsford Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. He is in good condition, Holt said.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. as McNeil was walking on Kendall near Crosley, in a residential area east of Beech Daly and north of Schoolcraft.
“He came to our bedroom and said, ‘I’m on my way to school,’ ” said Roderick Parks, identified by WJBK-TV and WXYZ-TV as the student’s stepfather. “We told him to be careful. Within 10 minutes, he was back beating on the door.”
The student told Parks he’d been shot at twice by two individuals in a car.
“He said two shots, one hit him and his telephone,” Parks said. “It probably slowed (the bullet) down some.”
The victim was able to provide police with some information about the shooting.
“He was able to tell us there were two individuals in a green, four-door car with black rims who are the suspected shooters,” Holt said.
Parks immediately went into action after the shooting.
“I jumped up and called 911 and then jumped in my truck and went out looking myself,” said Parks, who said he wasn’t sure why his son was singled out for an attack.
“I’m not going to speculate on that ... he’s been in no trouble recently,” Parks said. “Maybe it was some bad kids up to no good.”
A few hours after the incident occurred, one resident in the neighborhood said she knew nothing until she got a text from local police.
“We’ve never had any kind of trouble around here,” Debbie Pinzl said. “It’s kind of scary.”
According to the office of acting superintendent Dr. Kristina Harmon, some of the schools in the district were under a “shelter in place” condition, which allows students into the school but prevents them from leaving. The school district oversees about 3,200 students. Thurston High School is located in the 26200 block of Schoolcraft.
Harmon said the schools have been doing all they can to keep a safe environment.
“Despite the fact that the incident did not occur on one of our school grounds, the district immediately upon notification of the incident went into lockdown, and teachers greeted each student at the doors to ensure there were no secondary incidents,” Harmon said.
Sitting in her office, Harmon said she knew little about the incident or the victim, but expressed concern for the student and his family.
“They seem to be doing fine,” Harmon said. “There is support if anyone needs it.”
Initially, the district had put all six of its buildings on lockdown. But by 11 a.m., only Thurston High School, Jane Addams Elementary School and Shear Early Childhood Center were on lockdown.
Dante Frank of Detroit heard about the shooting and called his sister, who attends Thurston High School.
“She asked me to pick her up,” said Frank, who sat outside the school Monday. “She’s a little shaken.”
He didn’t know many details about the incident other than a fellow classmate had been shot on the way to school.
“It’s absurd,” Frank said. “It’s crazy how you can go to school and things like that happen.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Redford Police Department at (313) 387-2555.
Staff writer Candice Williams contributed.