Detroit mother of 3 killed in Highland Park shooting

James David Dickson, and Nicquel Terry

Tiffany Cook was at a birthday party in Highland Park last weekend taking group photos with friends when shots rang out and she was struck in the head, her family said Tuesday.

Audrey Abby, Cook’s older sister, said Cook died upon arrival at the hospital early Easter morning. The 27-year-old Detroit mother leaves behind a 7-year-old daughter and 4-year-old twins.

“I’m just hurt,” Abby said. “She didn’t deserve that.”

Highland Park police on Tuesday continued their search for a man accused of killing Cook.

The shooting happened at a social space on the 12500 block of Woodward near Highland that was rented out for a woman’s birthday party Saturday night, Detective Paul Thomas said. About 100 people were in attendance.

But as night gave way to morning, two groups of men at the party started pushing each other.

One of the men took out a pistol and shot into the crowd, Thomas said, at about 1:30 a.m.

In the commotion, partygoers emptied onto the streets and scattered. The shooter, firing with the gun pointed sideways, shot behind him as he ran west on Highland. Two of those bullets hit a pregnant 25-year-old woman in the leg, Thomas said.

The woman had non-life-threatening injuries, and the shooting is not expected to affect her pregnancy, Thomas said.

Cook’s family has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her funeral and burial. Abby said Cook had recently started working as caretaker at a foster care home.

Abby said she plans to care for Cook’s three children.

“She was a sweet person,” Abby said. “She had a kind heart.”

Police are looking for a white Dodge Magnum in connection to the shooting, Thomas said.

This is the first homicide of the year in Highland Park.