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James David Dickson
The Detroit News
A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in Inkster Wednesday morning, his father confirmed.

Inkster — A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in Inkster Wednesday morning, his father confirmed.

Police said two men were shot in the incident. The victim has not yet been positively identified by Michigan State Police, said Lt. Mike Shaw. But Alfred Wayne Austin Sr., 55, identified the victim as his son, Alfred Wayne Austin Jr., 28, a father of four. Friends called Austin Sr. Wayne; they called his son Little Wayne, he said.

Early Wednesday morning, a disturbance between two vehicles spilled over onto the 27000 block of Moore Court, Shaw said. Gunfire rang out.

In the end, a green Pontiac Bonneville was shot up and crashed into a home on Moore Court. The victim was inside the vehicle and suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

The Bonneville belonged to Austin Jr.’s girlfriend, Austin Sr. said.

Just before 10 a.m., Austin Sr. stood outside the crime scene, off Inkster Road and Annapolis, trying to process what had happened. Loved ones came to the scene, offering hugs and fighting tears.

"I can't even describe it," Austin Sr. said. "I'm messed up for a minute."

The neighborhood where Austin was killed is in a "particularly violent part" of Inkster, Shaw said.

Inkster is among the more violent suburbs in Metro Detroit. Less than a month and a half into 2016, Inkster has had three homicides. In 2015, Inkster had eight homicides and in 2014 it had nine, Shaw said. The city has a population of 25,000. In contrast, in 2013 the last year for which data is available, Livonia had no homicides, Dearborn had 2, and Westland had one. The three cities have populations above 90,000, according to city-data.com.

Another man shot in the incident was found by a Wayne County sheriff's deputy while patrolling Inkster Road, Shaw said. At a 9:15 a.m. briefing, Shaw said the man was in surgery at a local hospital and is believed to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are looking for a black car with tinted windows in connection to the shooting. Shaw said it may be a Bonneville; others on scene said it may be a Chevrolet Malibu. Police are asking those with information to call 855-MICH-TIP. Those who prefer anonymity can call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 800-SPEAK-UP.

State police investigate all homicides and nonfatal shootings in Inkster and have since 2011.

Wednesday morning's shooting was unrelated to the so-called Craigslist killings in Inkster, Shaw said.

jdickson@detroitnews.com