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2 Children Wounded, Man Shot Dead On Detroit's East Side

June 13, 2018 - 9:40 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Police in Detroit are searching for two suspects in connection with a deadly triple shooting involving children.

Shots rang out just before 7:40 a.m. Wednesday outside of a home on Sanford Avenue near Conner Street, not far from City Airport on the east side. Commander Eric Decker said the victims were inside a vehicle when the suspects fired a high-power rifle in their direction. 

"I believe the decedent was going to drive the vehicle. It looked like he was doing some mechanical work on the vehicle. He was at the driver's door when the gunfire erupted and the children were hit inside the vehicle," Decker said. "It was in close proximity. The casings are probably 12 to 15 feet from the decedent... The rounds traveled through and hit the children in the vehicle."

A 34-year-old man was found dead in the street. A 10-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and a 14-year-old boy was struck in the face with bullet fragments. Both were rushed to the hospital by family members; their current conditions are unknown. A 12-year-old boy who was also in the vehicle was not injured. 

Michigan State Police, Detroit Police and Wayne State Police are now in the area searching for two suspects. 

"What I need is for anybody to come forward. Anybody that's seen anything, anybody that knows anything. We have very limited information, very limited descriptions at this time," said Decker. "Two unknown males wearing dark clothing, possibly with handguns, possibly with a long rifle also. Looks like they came and left going west on Sanford from the scene."

Neighbors, like Dennis Minnifield, heard the gunshots.

"I was just lying in bed and the next thing you know, I'm right behind the situation and just heard the shots ring out," Minnifield said. "You know you think, early in the morning like, 'Oh wow who's shooting that early?' You know what I mean, like, could they be testing their guns or anything? That's what a lot of folks really think around here."

Police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

"How sad it that in this city that it is broad daylight, we have children out here," said Decker. "It's an extremely sad day. First we have the death of a subject, but we have these kids involved. We take that very seriously."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 313-267-4600. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. 

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