Weeks later, another freeway shooting


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For at least the fifth time in the last month, authorities on Wednesday fielded another startling report from a Metro Detroit driver: possible gunfire on a freeway.

Michigan State Police closed a portion of eastbound Interstate 94 near I-275 in Romulus for nearly an hour early Wednesday to investigate a possible shooting.

State police say a woman drove to its Metro South Post on Telegraph in Taylor just before midnight to report her car had been struck on the driver side door. The woman  had not been hit, investigators said.

Cameras operated by the Michigan Department of Transportation did not record anything early Wednesday on the interstate, spokeswoman Diane Cross said.

The latest report does not appear to be related to the earlier incidents, said MSP First Lt. Mike Shaw.

They have said, however, that they believe four shootings on local freeways reported Dec. 7 are linked to the same shooters.

At about 2:40 a.m. that day, a Chesterfield Township man on westbound Interstate 94 near Gratiot on the city’s east side said a vehicle pulled alongside and started firing shots, investigators said. Hit in his leg, he reached a gas station, where he called police. 

Another driver told police someone fired shots at his vehicle around the same time at I-96 and Livernois.

Meanwhile, police are probing reports from three drivers who say they were harassed in western Wayne County last week. The motorists told investigators they were surrounded by two vehicles on Dec. 14 in Huron and Sumpter townships.

Other incidents targeting travelers have drawn attention beyond Metro Detroit.

In October, five Clio youths were arrested for allegedly dropping a rock from a highway overpass that killed a 32-year-old passenger. 

On Wednesday, police in Ohio said they have charged four teens accused of tossing a sandbag over an overpass in Toledo, critically injuring a 22-year-old Warren man.