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7-Year-Old Detroit Boy Shot In Neck, Critically Injured

April 06, 2018 - 5:25 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) -  Police have a "person of interest" in custody after a 7-year-old boy was shot in the neck on Detroit's east side.

The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. Thursday at a home in the 11000 block of Chelsea, off Connor Street and Gratiot Avenue. 

The boy's mother told police she heard multiple shots being fired outside of her home; and moments later, she found her son -- who'd been playing upstairs in his bedroom -- with a gunshot wound. 

The boy was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. 

Speaking to reporters at Friday conference, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the shooted had fired at least 13 rounds from a high-powered rifle at a home on Wilshire Street, a block over from the boy's home.

Tyra Gaines, who lives next door, heard the gunshots.

"We all hit the floor. That's what you're supposed to do when you hear gunshots. Hit the floor, ask questions later," Gaines told WWJ's Charlie Langton. "Nobody didn't come and say nothing, you know, so I just kept the kids toward the back of the house because I didn't know what was going on."

Craig said the child -- whose name has not been released -- remains hospitalized, but is expected to survive. 

The chief did not hold back when he spoke about the shooter. 

"This is what I define as a coward," Craig said. "How many times do I have to stand here and talk to you about some of the cowards the senseless fire into occupied homes with children, adults? This shouldn't happen."

Craig said the shooting stemmed from a domestic relationship that had ended. 

As an invesitgation cotinues, anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 313-267-4600. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.