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2 Injured In Shootout In Liquor Store Parking Lot

June 21, 2018 - 6:27 am

DETROIT (WWJ) -  Two people were shot overnight during a large disturbance outside of a liquor store on Detroit's east side. 

The incident unfolded around 1 a.m. Thursday when an altercation broke out in the parking lot of Carmen's Liquor Store on Gratiot Avenue just south of State Fair Avenue.

A 63-year-old employee came out of the business to try to stop the argument, but police say he ended up firing shots. A 27-year-old man in the parking lot started shooting as well. Both were struck in the gunfire and transported to a nearby hospital. The employee was shot in both legs and is in serious condition. The other man was shot in the torso and is in critical condition, though officials say he's expected to survive. 

Police followed a third suspect to a home about two blocks north of the liquor store, on Manning Street, where an arrest was made.

Detroit Police Capt. Mark Thorton said investigators are still trying to determine what caused the initial argument.

"Again, this is a situation where poor conflict mediation skills, guns introduced into an already volatile situation -- two people end up shot," Thorton told WWJ's Charlie Langton. 

The shooting was captured on surveillance video.

An investigation is ongoing.