1 Killed, Others Injured As Gunfire Erupts In Detroit On New Year's Eve

Police say at least six people were injured in unrelated incidents.

WWJ News
January 01, 2020 - 2:09 pm
Detroit Police Car

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Detroit police are investigating after gun violence broke out across the city on New Year's Eve and early New Year's morning, leaving one person dead and at least eight others injured.

Authorities are investigating numerous unrelated cases, including a fatal shooting on the city's west side. Police discovered the body of an unidentified male with a fatal gunshot wound just before noon Wednesday in the 9100 block of Monica Street, in the area of Livernois and Joy Road.

Police believe the victim is in his early 20s, but circumstances surrounding his death were not clear and are still being investigated.

Anyone with information about the man's death is asked to call the Detroit Police Department's Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 Speak Up.

Authorities reported three shooting incidents that happened Tuesday night, including a 17-year-old male that shot himself in the leg in the 8900 block of Whitcomb, near Joy and Greenfield Roads. Police say they received the call about 8:40 p.m. and the victim said he found the gun on W. Chicago. The boy's condition was not disclosed.

Police responded to a shooting in the area of 7 Mile Road and Riopelle Street on the city's east side around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. According to authorities, a victim was attempting to sell a pair of gym shoes to an unknown suspect when the suspect allegedly pulled out a handgun and tried to rob the victim.

A struggle ensued, resulting in the weapon discharging and striking the victim. The suspect -- who police describe as about 5-foot-8 and wearing black gloves -- fled the location, while the victim was taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition. The circumstances surrounding this incident are still being investigated. 

Around the same time in southwest Detroit, an unknown suspect allegedly fired multiple shots into a home in the 1200 block of Ethel Street, striking a 29-year-old man multiple times. The victim was taken to a hospital and listed in critical condition. Police are still investigating the incident.

While there were countless reports of "celebratory" gunfire as the calendar turned to 2020, Detroit police reported a number of other shooting incidents across the city that led to injuries.

A woman was driving on Strasburg Street near 7 Mile around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday when a a dark colored vehicle began driving towards her. She honked her horn in an attempt to avoid a crash and an unknown occupant in the vehicle pulled out a weapon and fired multiple shots, striking her. 

While the suspects fled in an unknown direction, the woman was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in temporary serious condition. Police are still investigating the incident.

Police say another woman was shot just before 4 a.m. in the 13600 block of Grand River Avenue by an unknown suspect. The 22-year-old woman drove to a gas station in the 13500 block of Livernois and called for assistance. Her condition was not released. 

At around 4:30 a.m. in the area of Puritan Avenue and Linwood, two men were stopped at a gas station when they were shot by an unknown suspect. The victims, ages 22 and 30, were listed in stable condition and police say they are searching for a suspect, described only as a black male.

Just before 5 a.m., a 24-year-old man was shot while walking on Puritan at an unknown cross street.

Detroit police are still investigating each incident and are asking anyone with any information to contact them. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.