The DPD announced Saturday what was probably the bloodiest beginning of a weekend yet in a year that already is on course to produce the highest number of homicides per capita in a decade.
During the 24 hours between 6 AM Friday, August 12, and 6 PM Saturday, August 13, fifteen Detroit residents were shot, 6 of them fatally, at nine separate crime scenes across the city. This occurred even as the DPD began to implement ‘Operation Inside Out: Night Angels,’ designed to increase police presence on the streets by having officers on desk duty spend time patrolling ‘hot spots’ for crime in the city.
The nine crime scenes are as follows, in order of occurrence:
- 16700 block of Biltmore- a man, 36, was approached by a gunman and shot to death. The 30-year-old suspect ran away;
- Dexter and Davison- a drive-by shooter put a 20-year-old in the hospital in temporary serious condition. The gunman, who the DPD says is 24, drove from the scene;
- Warren and St. Antoine- a driver crashed into a light pole and a tree. He had been shot, and died at an area hospital;
- Harper and Bluehill- Drive-by shooter wounds 14-year-old. The youth, in temporary serious condition, has told police three different stories about the incident;
- Colfax and Oregon- Victim,15, told police he was shot while walking down the street. Police believe he accidentally shot himself;
- 200 block of W. Greendale- Backyard party in honor of man just released from incarceration for assault with intent to murder. Someone opened fire, killing one teen and injuring four, No one would talk to police about the shooting;
- 17300 block of Greenfield- A 30-year-old man was changing a tire, when he ran from a robbery attempt. He was shot and is in serious condition;
- 9000 block of Robison- A woman’s son came to her defense in a physical altercation with a man. The suspect, 39, fatally shot the son and then fled; and
- 4000 block of Harding- Three men were inside a house gambling. An altercation occurred and shots were fired. The men died and the third is critical. He has also been arrested.
Mayor Dave Bing’s office released the following statement yesterday: “Reducing violent crime is our number one priority. Chief Godbee and the men and women of the Detroit Police Department are working around the clock to bring these criminals to justice. Our community must continue to work with us to stop this kind of violence. Every resident deserves to be safe and feel safe in their neighborhood.”