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Michigan State Police: 3-Year-Old Child Killed In Shooting On Southfield Freeway

January 25, 2019 - 11:12 am

DETROIT (WWJ) -- Michigan State Police say a 3-year-old boy shot while riding in a car on the Southfield Freeway Thursday has died.

MSP tweeted around 7:45 p.m. that they were investigating a shooting along M-39 somewhere between Joy and Plymouth Roads on Detroit's west side.

MSP Lt. Mike Shaw told WWJ  Newsradio 950 a woman, identified as the child's godmother, was driving along the Southfield when someone fired a single shot. The driver was not injured, but the boy was shot between the shoulder blades.

The toddler was taken to a Sinai-Grace Hospital in critical condition. He underwent surgery late Thursday night, police said, but succumbed to his injuries at Children's Hospital Friday morning. 

The gunman was in a light-colored four-door vehicle, police said, and is described as a light-skinned male with a full beard.  

Police say the woman had not been involved in a road rage incident and they're unsure what led to the shooting. The investigation closed the northbound lanes of the Southfield from Joy to Plymouth. K-9 units searched the area as authorities looked for the bullet casing.  The freeway reopened shortly after 11:30 p.m. 

Shaw said an investigation by the Michigan State Police Special Investigation Section is ongoing. 

“We’re in the process of reviewing video from different locations from where the mother got onto the freeway to different locations along M-39," Shaw added. "The gas station that the mother pulled into is not a green light gas station, but there was a small amount of video that was attained from there that we’re taking a look at.”

The boy's name has not yet been released.

Police are asking anyone who has information about this case to call the MSP Metro South Post at 734-368-8290.