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Police Release Suspect Sketch In Drive-By Fatal Shooting Of Sterling Heights Teen

April 22, 2019 - 12:42 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) – Police have released a suspect sketch are they continue to work the case of a Sterling Heights teen gunned down in a drive-by in Detroit. 

Police said 15-year-old Jada Rankin was shot in the stomach early in the morning of Sunday, October 16, 2016, while celebrating a family birthday at her grandmother’s house in the 14000 block Ardmore Street, on the city’s west side.

Jada Rankin
A Snapchat shot of Jada Rankin (Photos courtesy of Rankin’s family)
Someone was speeding down the street, near Grand River and Schoolcraft, according to witnesses, when Rankin’s brother asked the driver to slow down. The unknown gunman opened the car door and shot into the crowd, striking the teen.

Rankin — a straight-A student at Sterling Heights High School — died a short time later at a local hospital.

As there have been no arrests now two-and-a half years after the fact, police are once again issuing a call for tips.

A composite sketch of the suspect was release Monday, along with a description: Black male, 28-30 years old, around 6' tall and 240 lbs. with  medium brown complexion, clean shaven, lined and low cut hair, black mustache and a beard.

Announcing a cash reward back in 2017, Crime Stoppers called this a case of a “bright future cut way too short.”

“As a community, we must come together and show zero tolerance for those who hurt or kill our children,” the organization stated. “As adults, we are the ones they look up to and trust to keep them safe. As neighbors, each of us has a moral responsibility to say something if we see a crime. Even if you’re worried about being identified or reluctant to go to police, there is still no excuse because the Crime Stoppers system is 100 person anonymous.”

If anyone recognizes this suspect, or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to contact Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587). As always, all tips, information and rewards through Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.