Inkster woman shot while driving; children unharmed

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A minivan filled with children was riddled with bullets Wednesday evening in an apparently random attack along the border of Inkster and Dearborn Heights, according to the Michigan State Police.

The driver, a 39-year-old Inkster woman, was struck once in the left buttock area around 10:45 p.m. and was discovered by officers near Beech Daly and Michigan Avenue, officials said. She was taken by ambulance to Beaumont Oakwood Main in Dearborn, where she was listed in stable condition and scheduled for surgery.

None of the four young passengers, ages 5 to 17, were injured.

The harrowing scene was discovered after the woman ran through a stop sign at Princeton and Beech Daly in Dearborn Heights, continuing northbound on Beech Daly, officials said.

Dearborn Heights officers conducted a traffic stop near Beech Daly and Michigan in Inkster, where they discovered the woman’s injury and several bullet holes on the driver’s-side door.

The woman told officers she and the children were on their way home from a local restaurant when she came across three male subjects standing near a nearby intersection. As the victim drove by the men, she heard what she thought were rocks thrown at the vehicle, according to police.

She then realized the men had opened fire and she had sustained a gunshot wound. The woman told officers she believed the attack was random and that she was not targeted, police said.

The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Michigan State Police at (855) 642-4847 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-2576.

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