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Police probe 2 fatal shootings in Inkster

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Michigan State Police are investigating the second fatal shooting of a man in Inkster this month they believe was connected to online sales.

Inkster police found a 22-year-old Detroit man in front of his car in the 28000 block of Glenwood about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, MSP officials said.

Dakari Lamar Mitchell was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The death comes less than a week after another man was fatally shot several blocks away. James Ngoc Nguyen, 53, was sitting in his car on Magnolia about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 when another man shot him. Nguyen was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the incidents, which they said "follow a national trend of criminals using Internet transactions to lure victims into a robbery or fraud situation. Online buyers are reminded to use extreme caution when arranging to meet with people they don’t know in areas they don’t know when conducting cash transactions.”

Investigators do not believe there is a connection between the two victims beyond the circumstances surrounding their deaths, MSP First Lt. Michael Shaw said, but the situation illustrates the danger of such interactions.

“There are multiple locations where you can conduct these types of transactions,” he said Tuesday. “Most police departments allow you the use of their lobby, libraries — any public place is a lot better than going over to somebody’s house or inviting somebody to your house that you’ve never met before.”

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call 1-855-MICH-TIP or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.